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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 II: Category Learning, Formation and Use
Categorization and cognition ii: Category learning, formation and use
A. Similarity-Based Approaches to Category Learning

So far I have talked about the functions and structure of categorization without addressing the processes by which these categories are formed. Category learning is in fact one of the most important continuing concerns in the cognitive psychology of categorization (see e.g., Estes, 1991; Fried and Holyoak, 1984; Lassaline and Murphy, 1998; Medin and Schaffer, 1978; Nosofsky, 1986). Many of the issues and developments in category learning arise out of research done in the 1980s and 1990s that attempted to distinguish between exemplar and prototype models (with respect to the details of this debate as it relates to the interests of both social ...

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