Accession Number : ADA290162

Title :   Spontaneous Discovery and Use of Categorical Structure.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 15 Jan 91-14 Jan 94,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Bower, Gordon H. ; Clapper, John P.

PDF Url : ADA290162

Report Date : 15 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 138

Abstract : The research project had as its goal the conduct of several experiments to examine people's ability to spontaneously classify and organize a large database of examples when no external tutor is there to inform them of the optimal organization. Throughout several experiments, we developed and tested three different, indirect measures of people's category learning. One set of those experiments led to a report published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. Copies of that published paper are enclosed. In addition, further experiments were conducted which yielded useful confirmatory results. These results have been written up and submitted for publication. The period of the grant extended without cost to October 15, 1994 to enable the writing of these papers. A summary of the papers is enclosed. This is the final report on the project.

Descriptors :   *LEARNING, DATA BASES, OPTIMIZATION, ORGANIZATIONS, COGNITION, COSTS.

Subject Categories : Agricultural Chemistry
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE