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A cognitive process of organizing information about people, other living matter, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena into specific groups or classes according to various criteria. Categorization helps people store and retrieve information; by using categorization, people experience a simplification of their environments.

Categorization can be likened to putting data into mental storage bins. Using inference and inductive reasoning, people categorize information important to conducting their everyday and professional lives. Researchers, for instance, categorize the results of their studies, often creating new categories for storage and retrieval of that specific information. Categorization is not a static process; as information, professions, or fields of study change, so can the names and characters of categories.

Because of the potential of the human mind, there are no limits to the creation ...

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