Instantiated features and the use of “rules”

Brooks, Lee R. and Hannah, Samuel D. (2006) Instantiated features and the use of “rules”. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 135 2: 133-151. doi:10.1037/0096-3445.135.2.133

Author Brooks, Lee R.
Hannah, Samuel D.
Title Instantiated features and the use of “rules”
Journal name Journal of Experimental Psychology: General   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-3445
Publication date 2006-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/0096-3445.135.2.133
Volume 135
Issue 2
Start page 133
End page 151
Total pages 19
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Abstract Classification "rules" in expert and everyday discourse are usually deficient by formal standards, lacking explicit decision procedures and precise terms. The authors argue that a central function of such weak rules is to focus on perceptual learning rather than to provide definitions. In 5 experiments, transfer following learning of family resemblance categories was influenced more by familiar-appearing features than by novel-appearing features equally acceptable under the rule. This occurred both when rules were induced and when rules were given at the beginning of instruction. To model this and other phenomena in categorization, features must be represented on 2 levels: informational and instantiated. These 2 feature levels are crucial to provide broad generalization while reflecting the known peculiarities of a complex world.
Keyword Rules
Decision making
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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