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The fickle nature of similarity change as a result of categorization

Pothos, E. M. & Reppa, I. (2014). The fickle nature of similarity change as a result of categorization. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(12), pp. 2425-2438. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2014.931977


Several researchers have reported that learning a particular categorization leads to compatible changes in the similarity structure of the categorized stimuli. The purpose of this study is to examine whether different category structures may lead to greater or less corresponding similarity change. We created six category structures and examined changes in similarity within categories or between categories, as a result of categorization, in between-participant conditions. The best supported hypothesis was that the ease of learning a categorization affects change in within categories similarity, so that greater (within categories) similarity change was observed for category structures which were harder to learn.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 2014 published on 14/07/2014, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Categorization, Similarity, Categorical perception
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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