Prototype and Exemplar Theories of Concepts

Psy315 - Class 32

(This page last updated 30 March 2009.)


We will explore four ways of representing concepts. This page will describe two methods, and the remaining two are described on the pages before and after this one.


2. Prototypes


Experiments that Support the Idea that Concepts are Represented by Prototypes

  1. Production
  2. Typicality Ratings
  3. Picture Identification
  4. Sentence Verification
  5. Induction of Unfamiliar Properties
  6. Making Up Sentences

    See the description of these experiments in the textbook.

Converging Evidence

3. Exemplars


One Advantage of Exemplar Models over Prototype Models

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