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Categorical Perception

Harnad, Stevan (2003) Categorical Perception. [Book Chapter] (In Press)

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Differences can be perceived as gradual and quantitative, as with different shades of gray, or they can be perceived as more abrupt and qualitative, as with different colors. The first is called continuous perception and the second categorical perception. Categorical perception (CP) can be inborn or can be induced by learning. Formerly thought to be peculiar to speech and color perception, CP turns out to be far more general, and may be related to how the neural networks in our brains detect the features that allow us to sort the things in the world into their proper categories, "warping" perceived similarities and differences so as to compress some things into the same category and separate others into different categories

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:color, language, learning, motor theory, neural nets, phonemes, speech, symbol grounding, Whorf hypothesis
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
ID Code:3017
Deposited By:Harnad, Stevan
Deposited On:19 Jun 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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