Category boundaries and category labels: When does a category name influence the perceived similarity of category members?
Foroni, Francesco and Rothbart, Myron. (2011) Category boundaries and category labels: When does a category name influence the perceived similarity of category members? Social cognition. 29(5), pp. 547 - 576. https://doi.org/10.1521/soco.2011.29.5.547
|Authors||Foroni, Francesco and Rothbart, Myron|
Three experiments examined the effect of verbal labels on the perception of category members. Participants were presented with silhouette drawings of female body types, ordered on a continuum from very thin to very heavy, and asked to judge the degree of similarity between pairs, as well as absolute weight of each silhouette. The presence/absence of category boundaries and labels were experimentally manipulated (Exp. 1–3), as was the “strength” of the labels (Exp. 2 and 3), their source (Exp. 1 and 2), and their implications (Exp. 3). The presence of a label, even when self-generated, showed clear effects on judgment: labels consistently increased within-category similarity (assimilation), and reduced across-category similarity (contrast). The judged strength of the verbal labels was correlated with the strength of categorization effects.
|Journal citation||29 (5), pp. 547 - 576|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1521/soco.2011.29.5.547|
|Page range||547 - 576|
|Research Group||School of Philosophy|
|Place of publication||United States of America|
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