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Categorical Perception

Categorical Perception
The Groundwork of Cognition

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S. Harnad, R. E. Pastore, N. A. MacMillan, B. H. Repp, A. M. Liberman, S. Rosen, P. Howell, P. D. Eimas, J. L. Miller, P. W. Jusczyk, R. E. Remez, R. L. Diehl, K. R. Kluender, D. W. Massaro, M. H. Bornstein, G. Ehret, C. T. Snowden, P. K. Kuhl, M. Wilson, D. L. Molfese, D. Regan, D. L. Medin, L. W. Barsalou, F. C. Keil, M. H. Kelly, E. Bialystok, D. R. Olson
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  • Date Published: October 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521385947

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  • How do we sort the objects, people, events and ideas in the world into their proper categories? What transforms the 'blooming, buzzing confusion' that enters our eyes and ears when we are born into the orderly world which we eventually experience and interact with? This most basic of questions about human (and animal) perception and cognition is the subject of Categorical Perception, an exhaustive survey and integration of a diverse array of findings. Categorical Perception brings together all the known examples of categorical perception, from research on humans and animals, infants and adults, in all the sense modalities: hearing, seeing and touch. The perceptual findings are interpreted in terms of the available cognitive and neuroscientific theories of how categorical perception is accomplished by the brain: is it inborn? is it learned? what is it that the mind does to the incoming continuous information to sort it into the discrete categories we can see, manipulate, name and describe? Work on elementary perceptual and psychophysical categories (colours, sounds) is then compared with work on higher-order categories: objects, patterns, abstract concepts. From a focus on the most thoroughly investigated case of categorical perception - speech perception - the book proceeds to an integrative view of categorization in general.

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    • Date Published: October 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521385947
    • length: 612 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Introduction: psychophysical and cognitive aspects of categorical perception: a critical overview S. Harnad
    Part I. Psychophysical Foundations of Categorical Perception:
    1. Categoric perception: some psychophysical models R. E. Pastore
    2. Beyond the categorical/continuous distinction: a psychophysical approach to processing modes N. A. MacMillan
    Part II. Categorical Perception of Speech:
    3. Phonetic category boundaries are flexible B. H. Repp and A. M. Liberman
    4. Auditory, articulatory, and learning explanations of categorical perception in speech S. Rosen and P. Howell
    5. On infant speech perception and the acquisition of language P. D. Eimas, J. L. Miller and P. W. Jusczyk
    Part III. Models for Speech Categorical Perception:
    6. Neural models of speech perception: a case history R. E. Remez
    7. On the categorization of speech sounds R. L. Diehl and K. R. Kluender
    8. Categorical partition: a fuzzy-logical model of categorization behaviour D. W. Massaro
    Part IV. Categorical Perception in Other Modalities and Other Species:
    9. Perceptual categories in vision and audition M. H. Bornstein
    10. Categorical perception of sound signals: facts and hypotheses from animal studies G. Ehret
    11. A naturalistic view of categorical perception C. T. Snowden
    12. The special-mechanisms debate in speech research: categorization tests on animals and infants P. K. Kuhl
    13. Brain mechanisms in categorical perception M. Wilson
    Part V. Psychophysiological Indices of Categorical Perception:
    14. Electrophysiological indices of categorical perception for speech D. L. Molfese
    15. Evoked potentials and color-defined categories D. Regan
    Part VI. Higher-order Categories:
    16. Categorization processes and categorical perception D. L. Medin and L. W. Barsalou
    17. Developmental changes in category structure F. C. Keil and M. H. Kelly
    18. Spatial categories: the perception and conceptualization of spatial relations E. Bialystok and D. R. Olson
    Part VII. Cognitive Foundations:
    19. Category induction and representation S. Harnad
    Author index
    Subject index.

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    Stevan R. Harnad

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    S. Harnad, R. E. Pastore, N. A. MacMillan, B. H. Repp, A. M. Liberman, S. Rosen, P. Howell, P. D. Eimas, J. L. Miller, P. W. Jusczyk, R. E. Remez, R. L. Diehl, K. R. Kluender, D. W. Massaro, M. H. Bornstein, G. Ehret, C. T. Snowden, P. K. Kuhl, M. Wilson, D. L. Molfese, D. Regan, D. L. Medin, L. W. Barsalou, F. C. Keil, M. H. Kelly, E. Bialystok, D. R. Olson

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