Main content

Finding categories through words: More nameable features improve category learning  /

Date created: | Last Updated:


Creating DOI. Please wait...

Create DOI

Category: Project

Description: What are the cognitive consequences of having a simple word for something? Here, we provide evidence that the ease of learning category distinctions based on simple visual features is predicted from the ease of naming those features. Across two experiments, participants learned categories composed of colors (Experiment 1A-1B), shapes (Experiment 2A-2B) and shape-color combinations (Experiment 3) that were either easy or more difficult to name in English. Holding the category structure constant, when the underlying features of the category were easy to name, participants were faster and more accurate in learning the novel category. These results suggest that compact verbal labels may facilitate hypothesis formation during learning. Our results have consequences for understanding how developmental and cross-linguistic differences in the lexical inventory affect category learning and conceptual change.

License: CC0 1.0 Universal


Loading files...



Recent Activity

Loading logs...

OSF does not support the use of Internet Explorer. For optimal performance, please switch to another browser.
This website relies on cookies to help provide a better user experience. By clicking Accept or continuing to use the site, you agree. For more information, see our Privacy Policy and information on cookie use.

Start managing your projects on the OSF today.

Free and easy to use, the Open Science Framework supports the entire research lifecycle: planning, execution, reporting, archiving, and discovery.