Monthly Archives: May 2013

categories vs. continua

Sure we love to categorize things and experiences into discrete regions and there’s surprising structure to the physical world, but that doesn’t mean we have no ability to represent the fine-grained subtleties that exist. We don’t lose the gradient information … Continue reading

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graded membership and fuzzy truth

The interpretation of Armstrong, Gleitman, and Gleitman’s (1983) results regarding well-defined concepts such as ‘odd number’ illustrates the debate over typicality effects well. Their participants make conscious verbal report of whether a concept has a clear definition, and show the … Continue reading

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