Panel 101

: DEFINING-ATTRIBUTE THEORIES OF CONCEPTS

• The meaning of a concept can be captured by a conjunctive list of attributes (i.e., a list of attributes connected by ANDs).

• These attributes are atomic units or primitives which are the basic building blocks of concepts.

• Each of these attributes is necessary and all of them are jointly sufficient for something to be identified as an instance of the concept.

• What is and is not a member of the category is clearly defined; thus, there are clear-cut boundaries between members and non-members of the category.

• All members of the concept are equally representative.

• When concepts are organised in a hierarchy then the defining attributes of a more specific concept (e.g., sparrow) in relation to its more general relative (Its superordinate; e.g., bird) includes all the defining attributes of the superordinate.

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