An Example of Knowledge Use

Before discussing actual experiments, let’s consider a somewhat simplified example of how you might normally learn a new category, namely a trip to the zoo. This situation can be used to illustrate the specific uses of knowledge to be discussed and can be contrasted with the typical psychology experiment using artificial stimuli. Suppose on a trip to the zoo, you encounter a new animal, the whingelow. … the whingelow probably looks much like other animals of its class. If it is a mammal, it likely has visible fur, four limbs, a symmetrical face with two eyes, a nose, two ears and so on.

p.145 Murphy, Gregory. L. (2002) The Big Book of Concepts, MIT Press

but i still prefer taking a toddler to the zoo

About caspar

Caspar is just one monkey among billions. Battering his keyboard without expectations even of peanuts, let alone of aping the Immortal Bard. By day he is an infantologist at Birkbeck Babylab, by night he runs BabyLaughter.net
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