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Concepts

I  research the psychology of concepts and categorization.  The way in which people understand the world by classifying objects, people, events or situations into different conceptual types or categories is a fundamental topic for cognitive science.  Concepts are the basic building blocks of thoughts and ideas, and play a major part in determining the meaning of substantive words in any language.

Downloadable Publications Updated May 2016

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A full list of all my publications in date order

Conference presentations since 2001 (slides on request)
 

MEDIA: A radio interview with Wendy Jones for Resonance FM (London) in March 2014.

Current research projects

I am currently involved in a number of projects that involve different aspects of how people represent and use conceptual information.

Conceptual combination, including creating novel products, and overextension of conjunctions
Contrast and assimilation effects in a dual categorization task
Vagueness of semantic terms
Stability of semantic judgments
Genericity in semantic memory
Meta-memory and consistency of memory judgments
Individual differences in concept representation and their stability

Metacognition of Concepts

From September, 2016, I will be starting a new research project on Metacognition of Concepts, funded by a European Research Council Consolidator grant awarded to Professor Nick Shea of the Institute of Philosophy, University of London. 

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