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 [email protected]


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]