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ERIC Number: EJ799970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
The Conceptual Grouping Effect: Categories Matter (and Named Categories Matter More)
Lupyan, Gary
Cognition, v108 n2 p566-577 Aug 2008
Do conceptual categories affect basic visual processing? A conceptual grouping effect for familiar stimuli is reported using a visual search paradigm. Search through conceptually-homogeneous non-targets was faster and more efficient than search through conceptually-heterogeneous non-targets. This effect cannot be attributed to perceptual factors and is not explained by a long-term representational reorganization due to perceptual-learning. Rather, conceptual categories seem to modulate visual representations dynamically, and are sensitive to task-demands. Verbally labeling a visual target further exaggerates the degree to which conceptual categories penetrate visual processing. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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