Natural concepts and generalization classes.

  title={Natural concepts and generalization classes.},
  author={N Stemmer},
  journal={The Behavior analyst},
  volume={3 2},
  • N Stemmer
  • Published 1980 in The Behavior analyst
The results of an experiment performed by Herrnstein, Loveland, and Cable (1976) show that pigeons possess concepts that are not based on common elements. The conclusion they draw from these results is that these concepts are largely determined by genetic factors. In the present paper it is argued that, at least for some of the concepts, the conclusion is incorrect. These concepts-called here uncommon generalization classes-were acquired by the pigeons as a consequence of certain experiences… CONTINUE READING

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