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Categorization, Psychological Perspectives

  • By: Brian H. Ross, Eric G. Taylor & Erin L. Jones
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

Categories are classes of items that are treated as equivalent with respect to some purpose. We have categories for such diverse items as cars, cheeses, dogs, football games, mothers, and religions. Categories do not simply group items, they provide a crucial ...