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Categorization in Social Psychology offers a major introduction to the study of categorization, looking especially at links between categorization in cognitive and social psychology. In a highly readable and accessible style, the author covers all the main approaches to categorization in social psychology that a student might come across, including: biased stimulus processing, construct actviation, self-categorization, explanation-based, social judgeability and assimilation//contrast approaches. It is a wide-ranging and up-to-date treatment of concepts from cognitive as well as social psychology.

Conclusion: Categorization as Explanation
Conclusion: Categorization as explanation

In Part II of this book I have attempted to provide some answers to some questions that interest me in the categorization literature. It is useful to pause to review the progress we have made.

In Chapter 8 the central question was: assuming that group entitativity, variability and covariation have a common explanatory source in terms of social categorization, is it also the case that there is an additional unifying principle? The answer I proposed is that diagnosticity, which is critically related to the amount of information available to the perceiver, complements social categorization (note that most of the arguments of Fiedler, 1996, effectively set up amount of information as an alternative explanation to categorization). In short, perceivers make ...

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