Kotov A.A., Dagaev N.I. The role of background knowledge in the development of conceptual flexibility effect

Full text in Russian: Котов А.А., Дагаев Н.И. Роль предыдущих знаний в порождении эффекта понятийной гибкости
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

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The effect of conceptual flexibility involves inclusion of attributes that are irrelevant to the formed category in the concept and their further handling where required. The previous studies show that the conceptual flexibility effect arises while performing feature inference tasks and doesn’t arise while performing classification tasks. In the last case attention becomes too focused on one attribute. In the study the hypothesis according to which the conceptual flexibility effect may arise while performing classification tasks is tested on a sample of students (N=60). As this take place objects with attributes that are functionally connected and potentially related to semantic knowledge of the students are used as stimuli.

Keywords: concept, category, effect of conceptual flexibility, semantic memory, concept development



The study was conducted within Basic Research Program of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics for 2013 and supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic, project 13-06-00432.


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 Received 27 March 2013. Date of publication: 25 June 2013.

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Kotov Aleksei A. Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Cognitive Research Laboratory, Higher School Of Economics (National Research University), ul. Myasnitskaya, 20, 101000 Moscow, Russia.
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Dagaev Nikolai I. Ph.D. Student, L.S.Vygotsky Institute for Psychology, Russian State University for the Humanities, Miusskaya pl., 6, 125993 Moscow, Russia.
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Kotov A.A., Dagaev N.I. The role of background knowledge in the development of conceptual flexibility effect. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2013, Vol. 6, No. 29, p. 7. http://psystudy.ru (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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