The creation of new concepts: A multifaceted approach to category learning. Chapter uri icon


  • The range of factors that affects category representations suggests that what is learned about a category is a function of the information requirements of the task being carried out, as well as the current representation of that category and related categories / the task-dependent nature of learning suggests that researchers must go beyond classification tasks to explore how the use of categories affects what we learn about them / that is, we must move to a multifaceted view of category acquisition / to make this suggestion more concrete, the authors begin by examining 3 important uses of categoriesclassification, inference, and communicationto determine how they differ in the kinds of information required to carry out these tasks / present several studies that begin to address the impact of these 3 category uses on category creation (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

author list (cited authors)

  • Markman, A. B., Yamauchi, T., & Makin, V. S.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Markman, Arthur B||Yamauchi, Takashi||Makin, Valerie S

editor list (cited editors)

  • T. B. Ward, .., S. M. Smith, .., & J. Vaid.

Book Title

  • Creative thought: An investigation of conceptual structures and processes.

publication date

  • January 1997