Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Schyns, P. G., et al.: The development of features in object concepts

Flexible categorization requires the creation of relational features

Peter F. Dominey a1
a1 Vision et Motricite, Inserm U94 and Institut des Sciences Cognitives CNRS UPR 9075, 69373 Lyon, France


Flexible categorization clearly requires an adaptive component, but at what level of representation? We have investigated categorization in sequence learning that requires the extraction of abstract rules, but no modification of sensory primitives. This motivates the need to make explicit the distinction between sensory-level “atomic” features as opposed to concept-level “abstract” features, and the proposal that flexible categorization probably relies on learning at the abstract feature level.