Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Context effects equally applicable in generalization and similarity

Emmanuel M. Pothos a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ, United Kingdom


Shepard's theoretical analysis of generalization is assumed to enable an objective measure of the relation between objects, an assumption taken on board by Tenenbaum & Griffiths. I argue that context effects apply to generalization in the same way as they apply to similarity. Thus, the need to extend Shepard's formalism in a way that incorporates context effects should be acknowledged. [Shepard; Tenenbaum & Griffiths]