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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.

Categorization and Cognition I: Introducing Category Function and Structure
Categorization and cognition i: Introducing category function and structure

In this chapter and the next I will discuss literature drawn from both cognitive and social psychological approaches to categorization. This strategy is practicable because the disagreements and controversies that occur in this field are not between cognitive and social psychologists as such (though of course social and cognitive psychologists have different priorities and interests) but between proponents of different approaches to categorization that span both social and cognitive psychology. The intention here is to give the merest flavour of a vast body of research, a reasonably detailed summary of which would fill many volumes the size of this one, though at the same time I hope to ...

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