Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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

Flexible features, connectionism, and computational learning theory

Georg Dorffner a1
a1 Department of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Vienna, A-1010 Vienna, Austria


This commentary is an elaboration on Schyns, Goldstone & Thibaut's proposal for flexible features in categorization in the light of three areas not explicitly discussed by the authors: connectionist models of categorization, computational learning theory, and constructivist theories of the mind. In general, the authors' proposal is strongly supported, paving the way for model extensions and for interesting novel cognitive research. Nor is the authors' proposal incompatible with theories positing some fixed set of features.