The Big Book of Concepts

The Big Book of Concepts

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by Gregory Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262632993

ISBN-13: 9780262632997

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

Concepts embody our knowledge of the kinds of things there are in the world. Tying our past experiences to our present interactions with the environment,
they enable us to recognize and understand new objects and events. Concepts are also relevant to understanding domains such as social situations, personality types, and even artistic styles. Yet like other

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Concepts embody our knowledge of the kinds of things there are in the world. Tying our past experiences to our present interactions with the environment,
they enable us to recognize and understand new objects and events. Concepts are also relevant to understanding domains such as social situations, personality types, and even artistic styles. Yet like other phenomenologically simple cognitive processes such as walking or understanding speech, concept formation and use are maddeningly complex.

Research since the 1970s and the decline of the
"classical view" of concepts have greatly illuminated the psychology of concepts.
But persistent theoretical disputes have sometimes obscured this progress.
The Big Book of Concepts goes beyond those disputes to reveal the advances that have been made, focusing on the major empirical discoveries. By reviewing and evaluating research on diverse topics such as category learning, word meaning, conceptual development in infants and children, and the basic level of categorization, the book develops a much broader range of criteria than is usual for evaluating theories of concepts.

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ISBN-13:
9780262632997
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Typicality and the Classical View of Categories11
3Theories41
Appendix: The Generalized Context Model65
4Exemplar Effects and Theories73
5Miscellaneous Learning Topics115
6Knowledge Effects141
7Taxonomic Organization and the Basic Level of Concepts199
8Induction243
9Concepts in Infancy271
10Conceptual Development317
11Word Meaning385
12Conceptual Combination443
13Anti-Summary and Conclusions477
Notes499
References519
Name Index547
Subject Index553

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amemus More than 1 year ago
This text makes the overwhelming world of the psychological study of concepts and category accessible to individuals outside of the field and I would certainly recommend it on those grounds. In the ten years since the book's publication, however, there have been some advances in the field, so perhaps an update is in order! Side note: Dr. Murphy spends much of this text ignoring or outright dismissing the Classical Theory of concepts, perhaps erroneously.