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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 2 Concept a mental represetnation of a category, that is, a class of object s that we believe belong together-our representation of such a category in our minds-embieds our knowledge about the category and its members represent what we THINK they are Schema - mental representation Functions of Concept: 1. Classification as we encounter objects, people or behaviors, we classify them as instances of particular concepts allow us to treat different objects as the same enables us to use our knowledge about categories to make sense of individual members of these categories 2. Inferring additional attributes after classification, going beyond the information given about th at particular instance on that particular occassion 3. Guiding attention and interpretation concepts provide a framework for making sense of incoming informa tion it also color our reality *When we observe our social world, we do not merely watch an objective...
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This note was uploaded on 06/19/2011 for the course PSYCH 353 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '11 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.
- Spring '11