521-Class 6

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Concepts: what are they and what are they for?[edit]

Readings: Goldstone et al. (2012)

Study Questions[edit]

Goldstone et. al. (2012)

  • Be familiar with the terms concept, category, and equivalence class.
  • How do concepts help creative thought, inductive prediction, communication and promote cognitive economy?
  • What is the evidence for and against concepts being represented as sets of rules?
  • Be familiar with the terms “prototype” and “exemplar”
  • What is the explanation given for “the frequent inability of human generalization to transcend superficial similarities”?
  • What is categorical perception?
  • How do concepts influence perception? How does perception influence concept formation?
  • What is some of the evidence Goldstone cites for how language can influence concepts?