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Using techniques such as the criterial-attribute procedure (Kemler Nelson, 1984), previous researchers have argued that children, and non-human animals, learn and generalize on the basis of overall similarity, whilst adult humans use rules. In this talk, I start with a re-evaluation of Kemler Nelson's work with adults, and then consider other, less confounded, ways the issue of rules vs. similarity might be addressed. This consideration includes recent behavioural and neuroscience investigations of rule- and similarity-based generalization from my lab. Using techniques such as the criterial-attribute procedure (Kemler Nelson, 1984), previous researchers have argued that children, and non-human animals, learn and generalize on the basis of overall similarity, whilst adult humans use rules. In this talk, I start with a re-evaluation of Kemler Nelson's work with adults, and then consider other, less confounded, ways the issue of rules vs. similarity might be addressed. This consideration includes recent behavioural and neuroscience investigations of rule- and similarity-based generalization from my lab. Kemler Nelson, D. G. (1984). The effect of intention on what concepts are acquired. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 23, 734-759

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Date 29 October 2015
Time 16:00 - 17:00
Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw E
Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw E

Roetersstraat 11
1018 WB Amsterdam