Structured Imagination: the Role of Category Structure in Exemplar Generation

  title={Structured Imagination: the Role of Category Structure in Exemplar Generation},
  author={T. B. Ward},
  journal={Cognitive Psychology},
  • T. B. Ward
  • Published 1994
  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
Abstract College students imagined animals that might live on a planet somewhere else in the galaxy. In the first experiment, they provided drawings and descriptions of their initial imagined animal, another member of the same species, and a member of a different species. The majority of imagined creatures were structured by properties that are typical of animals on earth: bilateral symmetry, sensory receptors, and appendages. Subjects also allowed shape, appendages and sense receptors to vary… Expand
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  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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