Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science

Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science

2nd Edition - June 3, 2017

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  • Editors: Henri Cohen, Claire Lefebvre
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097663

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Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science, Second Edition presents the study of categories and the process of categorization as viewed through the lens of the founding disciplines of the cognitive sciences, and how the study of categorization has long been at the core of each of these disciplines. The literature on categorization reveals there is a plethora of definitions, theories, models and methods to apprehend this central object of study. The contributions in this handbook reflect this diversity. For example, the notion of category is not uniform across these contributions, and there are multiple definitions of the notion of concept. Furthermore, the study of category and categorization is approached differently within each discipline. For some authors, the categories themselves constitute the object of study, whereas for others, it is the process of categorization, and for others still, it is the technical manipulation of large chunks of information. Finally, yet another contrast has to do with the biological versus artificial nature of agents or categorizers.

Key Features

  • Defines notions of category and categorization
  • Discusses the nature of categories: discrete, vague, or other
  • Explores the modality effects on categories
  • Bridges the category divide - calling attention to the bridges that have already been built, and avenues for further cross-fertilization between disciplines


Researchers and students in the cognitive sciences: psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, computer science, and cognitive anthropology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Bridging the Category Divide: Introduction to the First Edition

    Part I: Categorization in Cognitive Science
    2. To Cognize is to Categorize: Cognition is Categorization
    3. The Role of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in the Maintenance of the Self-Concept: A Behavioral and Neuroscience Review
    4. Categories and Cognitive Anthropology
    5. Emotion Categorization
    6. Philosophical Analysis as Cognitive Psychology: The Importance of Empty Concepts

    Part II: Neuroscience of Categorization and Category Learning
    7. Multiple Systems of Perceptual Category Learning: Theory and Cognitive Tests
    8. The Neuropsychology of Perceptual Category Learning
    9. Categorization in Neuroscience: Brain Response to Objects and Events
    10. Neural Regions Associated with Categorical Speech Perception and Production
    11. Food Perception and Categorization: From Food/No-Food to Different Types of Food

    Part III: Semantic Categories
    12. Semantic Categorization
    13. Emotion Categories Across Languages
    14. Relations Between Language and Thought: Individuation and the Count/Mass Distinction
    15. Event Categorization in Sign Languages
    16. Semantic Categeories in Acquisition
    17. Atoms, Categorization, and conceptual Change

    Part IV: Syntactic Categories
    18. Lexical, Functional, Crossover, and Multifunctional Categories
    19. Isolating-Monocategorial-Associational Nauguage
    20. Linguistic Categories in Language Contact: Modularity and Diversity
    21. Syntactic Categorization in Sign Languages
    22. Syntactic Categories in Child Language Acquisition: Innate, Induced, or Illusory?
    23. Syntactic Categories in Second Language Acquisition

    Part V: Development of Categories
    24. Constructing Race: How People Categorize Others and Themselves in Racial Terms
    25. How Experience Affects Infants' Facial Categorization
    26. The Development of Object Categories: What, When, and How?
    27. Categorization and Aging
    28. Auditory and Phonetic Category Formation
    29. Perceptual and Abstract Category Learning in Pigeons

    Part VI: Grounding and Categories in Perception and Inference
    30. Situated Conceptualization
    31. The Construction of Category Membership Judgments: Towards a Distributed Model
    32. Connectionist and Robotics Approaches to Grounding Symbols in Perceptual and Sensorimotor Categories
    33. Embodied Categorization
    34. The Construction of Perceptual and Semantic Features During Category Learning
    35. Categorization, Reasoning, and Memory From a Neo-Logical Point of View
    36. The Time Course of Object, Scene, and Face Categorization
    37. The Return of Concept Empiricism

    Part VII: Machine Category Learning and Data Mining
    38. Category Formation in Self-Organizing Embodied Agents
    39. Concept Learning and Nonmonotonic Reasoning
    40. Categorization in Symbolic Data Analysis
    41. An Information-Based Discussion of Borderline Cases in Categorization: Six Scenarios Leading to Vagueness
    42. The Neurodynamics of Categorization: Critical Challenges and Proposed Solutions
    43. Genre-Specific Text Mining and Extensional Inductive Concept Recognition: A Pseudocognitive Approach
    44. Graph Matching, System Design and Knowledge Modeling

    Part VIII: The Naturalization of Categories
    45. Nominalism and the Theory of concepts
    46. Why Do We Think Racially? Culture, Evolution, and Cognition
    47. How Language Influences the Way We Categorize Hybrids
    48. Neurosemantics and Categories

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1276
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2017
  • Published: June 3, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097663

About the Editors

Henri Cohen

Dr. Henri Cohen’s research interests focus on speech and language development and neurological disorders, learning and emotion in Parkinson’s disease, complexity and learning, skill acquisition and interference, and origin of language. He is Professor of Psychology (ret.) at Université du Québec à Montréal, and visiting scholar, at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and edited two books (with Elsevier) on cognition and consciousness, and on categorization, and a book on the origins of language (Benjamins). He is the current editor of Brain and Cognition (Elsevier), and past editor of Journal of Neurolinguistics (Elsevier).

Affiliations and Expertise

Cognitive Neuroscience Center, Dept of Psychology, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada

Claire Lefebvre

Department of Linguistics, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada. Dr. Lefebvre studies: linguistic theory, syntactic category theory; cognitive processes involved in the formation of new languages; languages in contact, French, Quechua, Creole Haitian, Fon, and other African languages.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Linguistics, Universiè du Quèbec ã Montrèal, Canada

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