The influence of stimulus properties on category construction.

  title={The influence of stimulus properties on category construction.},
  author={Fraser Milton and Andy J. Wills},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  volume={30 2},
It has been demonstrated that when people free classify stimuli presented simultaneously in an array, they have a preference to categorize by a single dimension. However, when people are encouraged to categorize items sequentially, they sort by "family resemblance," grouping by overall similarity. The present studies extended this research, producing 3 main findings. First, the sequential procedure introduced by G. Regehr and L. R. Brooks (1995) does not always produce a preference for family… CONTINUE READING

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