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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|
|Keywords:||categorisation; concepts; deference; expertise|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
|Depositing User:||Nicholas Braisby|
|Date Deposited:||05 Jul 2006|
|Last Modified:||24 Feb 2016 18:25|
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