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Investigating Individual Differences in Concepts

Hampton, J. A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0363-8232 (2020). Investigating Individual Differences in Concepts. In: Marques, T. & Wikforss, A. (Eds.), Shifting Concepts: The Philosophy and Psychology of Conceptual Variability. (pp. 67-82). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Semantic memory tasks can focus on intensions (features and properties) or extensions (reference and categorization). There is evidence for stable individual differences in each of these tasks, but these differences do not correspond across tasks. Two further studies are reported showing that under certain conditions the correspondence can be demonstrated. Reasons for the lack of connection are discussed in terms of different systems for conceptual understanding involving similarity versus theory-based conceptualisation.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press,
Publisher Keywords: Intension, Extension, Individual differences, Concepts, Categorization
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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