Classification and Cognition

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byWilliam K. Estes

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Based on Estes' important Fitts Lectures, this volume details a set of psychological concepts and principles that offers a unified interpretation of a wide variety of memory, categorization, and decision-making phenomena. These phenomena are explained via two families of models established bythe author: a storage-retrieval model and an adaptive network model. Estes considers whether the models are competing or complementary, offering cogent and instructive arguments for both perspectives. Estes' theory is then applied to two large-scale series of studies on category learning andrecognition, providing an integrated understanding of seemingly disparate phenomena. This book is the culmination of the author's more than ten years of research in the field, and stands as a great achievement by one of this century's eminent psychologists. It will be indispensable to a wide varietyof behavioral scientists, including mathematical and cognitive psychologists.

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Based on Estes' important Fitts Lectures, this volume details a set of psychological concepts and principles that offers a unified interpretation of a wide variety of memory, categorization, and decision-making phenomena. These phenomena are explained via two families of models established bythe author: a storage-retrieval model and an...

William K. Estes is at Harvard University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.06 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195109740

ISBN - 13:9780195109740

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Basic Concepts1.1. Classification and Cognition: An Overview1.2. The Array Model Framework2. Category Structures and Categorization2.1. Similarity in Theories of Classification2.2. Predicting Categorization Performance3. Models for Category Learning3.1. The Exemplar-Similarity Model3.2. Network-based Learning Models4. Categorization and Memory Processing5. On the Storage and Retrieval of Categorical Information6. Extensions and Applications of the Exemplar-Similarity Model7. Categorization and Recognition8. Categorization and Cognition: Reprise

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"In summary, this is an impressive volume. . .Estes presents a very systematic process of constructing detailed models. . .that will be useful for understanding cognitive processes and making progress in all areas of cognitive psychology." --Contemporary Psychology