Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Rules and similarity as conscious contents with distinctive roles in theory


Donelson E. Dulany a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 61821 ddulany@cyrus.psych.uiuc.edu http://www.psych.uiuc.edu/people/faculty/dulany.html

Abstract

Difficulty of distinguishing rules and similarity in categorization comes from reliance on relatively simple manipulation-response designs and a style of modeling with abstract parameters, rather than assessment of intervening and controlling mental states. This commentary proposes a strategy in which rules and similarity would be distinguished by their different roles in a theory interrelating reportable conscious contents in deliberative categorization.



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