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date: 14 December 2018

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Concepts are crucial for understanding the world. This chapter aims to lay a foundation for other discussions of categories in this book. We begin by exploring the interplay between concepts and memory. Then, we discuss types of categories and distinguish among proposals about the way categories are represented. In particular, we examine differences among feature-based, thematic, and relational categories. Next, the chapter focuses on the functions that categories play within cognition, such as classification, inference, and communication. This discussion ends with an examination of the interplay of category use and category learning.

Keywords: categories, concepts, prototypes, features, relations, inference, communication, classification, implicit memory, explicit memory

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