The Psychology of Learning and Motivation: Categories in Use

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Overview

Categories support a variety of cognitive activities including inference, problem solving, explanation, and communication.Yet research on categories in cognitive psychology has primarily focused on the learning of categories from unstructured lists of features. This restricted focus has left unexplored the other ways in which categories may be learned and used. Categories in Use considers category learning across a variety of domains including social relationships, money, linguistic structures, engineering innovation, visual object recognition, and referential communication. The goal of the book is to look beyond boundaries of typical studies of categorization to understand how categories are used when people do not necessarily realize that they are using categories.
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Brian H. Ross is a Professor of Psychology and of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research areas have included problem solving, complex learning, categorization, reasoning, memory, and mathematical modeling. He has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Institute of Education Sciences. Ross has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Memory & Cognition, Chair of the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society, and co-author of a textbook, Cognitive Psychology. He has held temporary leadership positions on the University of Illinois campus as Department Head of Psychology, Associate Dean of the Sciences, and Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ross has degrees from Brown University (B.S., Honors in Psychology), Rutgers University (M.S. in Mathematical Statistics), Yale University (M.S. in Psychology), and Stanford University (PhD.). Ross has been Editor of The Psychology of Learning and Motivation since 2000.

Brian H. Ross is a Professor of Psychology and of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research areas have included problem solving, complex learning, categorization, reasoning, memory, and mathematical modeling. He has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Institute of Education Sciences. Ross has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Memory & Cognition, Chair of the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society, and co-author of a textbook, Cognitive Psychology. He has held temporary leadership positions on the University of Illinois campus as Department Head of Psychology, Associate Dean of the Sciences, and Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ross has degrees from Brown University (B.S., Honors in Psychology), Rutgers University (M.S. in Mathematical Statistics), Yale University (M.S. in Psychology), and Stanford University (PhD.). Ross has been Editor of The Psychology of Learning and Motivation since 2000.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1
Relations and Categories
Viviana A. Zelizer and Charles Tilly

Chapter 2
Learning Linguistic Patterns
Adele E. Goldberg

Chapter 3
Understanding the Art of Design: Tools for the Next Edisonian Innovators
Kristin L. Wood and Julie S. Linsey

Chapter 4
Categorizing the Social World: Affect, Motivation, and Self-Regulation
Galen V. Bodenhausen, Andrew R. Rodd and Andrew P. Becker

Chapter 5
Reconsidering the Role of Structure in Vision
Elan Barenholtz and Michael J. Tarr

Chapter 6
Conversation as a Site of Category Learning and Category Use
Dale J. Barr and Edmundo Kronmuller

Chapter 7
Using Classification to Understand the Motivation-Learning Interface
W. Todd Maddox, Arthur B. Markman and Grant C. Baldwin

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