Rules and similarity in adult concept learning

James Close, Ulrike Hahn, Carl J. Hodgetts

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This chapter reviews studies of rule-based category learning within the human adult literature, and contrasts these results with evidence for similarity-based accounts of category learning (e.g. exemplar and prototype models). Specifically, the chapter considers the contrast between rule-based versus similarity-based learning within research on unsupervised (spontaneous) categorization and supervised categorization. In the closing sections, it also presents and critically evaluates hybrid models of human adult categorization that are composed of both a rule and a similarity component.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Making of Human Concepts
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191724152
ISBN (Print)9780199549221
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2010


  • Categorization
  • Human adult categorization
  • Rule-based category learning
  • Similarity-based category learning

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