Explanation and structure-mapping in theory-based categorization.

Jason Jameson, Dedre Gentner

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Abstract


According to the theory-based approach to categorization, explanatory knowledge plays a critical role in supporting categorization decisions. This paper presents and tests a version of this view—the Explanation-Mapping hypothesis—that integrates explanation with a model of the structure-sensitive comparison processes that may underlie theory-based categorization decisions. Two experiments test the hypothesis that processes underlying analogy—specifically, structural alignment—also underlie explanation-based categorization decisions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second International Conference on Analogy
EditorsBoicho Kokinov, Keith Holyoak, Dedre Gentner
PublisherNBU Press
Pages222-228
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)978-954-535-580-6 
StatePublished - 2009

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    Jameson, J., & Gentner, D. (2009). Explanation and structure-mapping in theory-based categorization. In B. Kokinov, K. Holyoak, & D. Gentner (Eds.), Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Analogy (pp. 222-228). NBU Press.