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Deference and essentialism in the categorization of chemical kinds

Braisby, Nicholas (2004). Deference and essentialism in the categorization of chemical kinds. In: Alterman, Richard and Kirsch, David eds. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Cognitive Science Society: July 31-August 2, 2003, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Volume 1. Mahwah, NJ, USA: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 174–179.

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Psychological essentialism has been subject to much debate. Yet a key implication – that people should defer to experts in categorizing natural kinds – has not been widely examined. Three experiments examine deference in the categorization of chemical kinds. The first establishes borderline cases used in the second and third. These latter show limited deference to experts, and some deference to non-experts. These data are consistent with a perspectival framework for concepts in which categorization is sometimes based on micro-structural properties and sometimes on appearance and function.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 0-8058-4991-2, 978-0-8058-4991-2
Keywords: categorisation; concepts; deference; expertise
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Item ID: 3637
Depositing User: Nicholas Braisby
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2016 01:42
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