The Organization of Mental Verbs and Folk Theories of Knowing Academic Article uri icon


  • Folk theories of knowing in North American adults were studied by examining the organization of mental verbs in two tasks: (a) a Similarity Judgment Task in which subjects rated the similarity of verb pairs in terms of the way the mind is used, and (b) a Verb Extension Task in which subjects identified the mental verbs applicable to a variety of scenarios requiring specific mental activities. Organizational structure was assessed using multidimensional scaling and additive similarity tree analyses. An Attribute Rating Task was used to describe the characteristics which organized the various dimensions and clusters obtained in the scaling solutions. The folk theory of mind displayed was a naive information processing model with interactive and constructive components. 1994 Academic Press, Inc.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Memory and Language

author list (cited authors)

  • Schwanenflugel, P. J., Fabricius, W. V., Noyes, C. R., Bigler, K. D., & Alexander, J. M.

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Schwanenflugel, PJ||Fabricius, WV||Noyes, CR||Bigler, KD||Alexander, JM

publication date

  • January 1, 1994 11:11 AM