Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 431–434

Expertise and categorization

  • Richard P. Honeck
  • Michael Firment
  • Tammy J. S. Case


Experts exhibit various categorization phenomena, including category abstractness, use of second-order features, big chunks, category coherence, and category gradedness. Traditional views of categorization—the classical, prototype, and exemplar views—are variously successful in explaining these phenomena. We argue that our conceptual base view is more adequate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard P. Honeck
    • 1
  • Michael Firment
    • 1
  • Tammy J. S. Case
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnati

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