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The Making of Human Concepts$
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Denis Mareschal, Paul C. Quinn, and Stephen E.G. Lea

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199549221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.001.0001

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Rules and similarity in adult concept learning

Rules and similarity in adult concept learning

(p.29) Chapter 3 Rules and similarity in adult concept learning
The Making of Human Concepts

James Close

Ulrike Hahn

Carl J Hodgetts

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews studies of rule-based category learning within the human adult literature, and contrasts these results with evidence for similarity-based accounts of category learning (e.g. exemplar and prototype models). Specifically, the chapter considers the contrast between rule-based versus similarity-based learning within research on unsupervised (spontaneous) categorization and supervised categorization. In the closing sections, it also presents and critically evaluates hybrid models of human adult categorization that are composed of both a rule and a similarity component.

Keywords:   rule-based category learning, similarity-based category learning, categorization, human adult categorization

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