Handbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science,
Edition 2
Edited by Henri Cohen and Claire Lefebvre

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

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
About the author
Edited by Henri Cohen, Cognitive Neuroscience Center, Dept of Psychology, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada and Claire Lefebvre, Department of Linguistics, Universiè du Quèbec ã Montrèal, Canada
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

Book details
ISBN: 9780081011072
Page Count: 1276
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