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Chapter 9

b57 - chapter 9 - CONCEPTS AND GENERIC KNOWLEDGE

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Psychology
Course
PSYB57H3
Professor
George Cree
Semester
Winter

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Chapter 9 Concepts and Generic KnowledgeWe need a way of identifying concepts that highlights what the various members of a category have in common while also allowing exceptions to whatever rule we propose We do this by keeping the content of our definitions but being much more flexible in our useof the definitions Wittgenstiens family resemblance theory there is probably no defining feature that every member has But there are features that are common which allows them to be recognizable as a member of the familyThis can also be applied to dogs games furniture etc Prototypes and Typically Effects Prototype theoryperhaps the best way to identify a category to characterize a concept is to specify the centre of the category rather than the boundaries We do this by using the ideal dog or the ideal family member who has all of the familycategorys features All judgements about dogs are made with reference to this ideal Eg categorizatino would involve a comparison between a test case the dog you are currently looking at and the prototype represented in your memoryA prototype is the ideal for the category but it is also an average of the various category members you have encountered e
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