Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/278269
Title:
The effects of domain-specific knowledge on similarity judgements
Author:
Kelemen, Deborah Ann, 1967-
Issue Date:
1992
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The study contrasts natural kinds versus artifacts in order to assess the impact of domain-specific knowledge on adult subjects strategies in a perceptual classification task. Subjects classifications show differential weighting of perceptual dimensions as a consequence of background context. In addition, subjects display a tendency to reject identity within a specific dimension when such a non-identity based strategy permitted the creation of a theoretically cohesive category. This provides evidence against the view that identity possesses an inherent value in classification and supports the alternative, that background knowledge determines the degree to which identity is valued and the manner in which categories are constructed.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Psychology, Developmental.; Psychology, General.; Psychology, Experimental.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Bloom, Paul

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleThe effects of domain-specific knowledge on similarity judgementsen_US
dc.creatorKelemen, Deborah Ann, 1967-en_US
dc.contributor.authorKelemen, Deborah Ann, 1967-en_US
dc.date.issued1992en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe study contrasts natural kinds versus artifacts in order to assess the impact of domain-specific knowledge on adult subjects strategies in a perceptual classification task. Subjects classifications show differential weighting of perceptual dimensions as a consequence of background context. In addition, subjects display a tendency to reject identity within a specific dimension when such a non-identity based strategy permitted the creation of a theoretically cohesive category. This provides evidence against the view that identity possesses an inherent value in classification and supports the alternative, that background knowledge determines the degree to which identity is valued and the manner in which categories are constructed.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectPsychology, Developmental.en_US
dc.subjectPsychology, General.en_US
dc.subjectPsychology, Experimental.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBloom, Paulen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1351363en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b26868398en_US
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