Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science

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Henri Cohen, Claire Lefebvre
Elsevier, Jun 3, 2017 - Psychology - 1276 pages

Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science, Second Edition presents the study of categories and the process of categorization as viewed through the lens of the founding disciplines of the cognitive sciences, and how the study of categorization has long been at the core of each of these disciplines.

The literature on categorization reveals there is a plethora of definitions, theories, models and methods to apprehend this central object of study. The contributions in this handbook reflect this diversity. For example, the notion of category is not uniform across these contributions, and there are multiple definitions of the notion of concept. Furthermore, the study of category and categorization is approached differently within each discipline.

For some authors, the categories themselves constitute the object of study, whereas for others, it is the process of categorization, and for others still, it is the technical manipulation of large chunks of information. Finally, yet another contrast has to do with the biological versus artificial nature of agents or categorizers.

  • Defines notions of category and categorization
  • Discusses the nature of categories: discrete, vague, or other
  • Explores the modality effects on categories
  • Bridges the category divide - calling attention to the bridges that have already been built, and avenues for further cross-fertilization between disciplines
 

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Contents

II Neuroscience of Categorization and Category Learning
155
III Semantic Categories
289
IV Syntactic Categories
437
V Development of Categories
605
VI Grounding and Categories in Perception and Inference
733
VII Machine Category Learning and Data Mining
951
VIII The Naturalization of Categories
1113
Index
1225
Color Plates
1234
Back Cover
1248
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Dr. Henri Cohen’s research interests focus on speech and language development and neurological disorders, learning and emotion in Parkinson’s disease, complexity and learning, skill acquisition and interference, and origin of language. He is Professor of Psychology (ret.) at Université du Québec à Montréal, and visiting scholar, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and edited two books (with Elsevier) on cognition and consciousness, and on categorization, and a book on the origins of language (Benjamins). He is the current editor of Brain and Cognition (Elsevier), and past editor of Journal of Neurolinguistics (Elsevier).

Department of Linguistics, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Lefebvre studies: linguistic theory, syntactic category theory; cognitive processes involved in the formation of new languages; languages in contact, French, Quechua, Creole Haitian, Fon, and other African languages.

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