Cue validity and levels of categorization

Gregory L. Murphy

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Research on categorization indicates that 1 level of abstraction is "basic" in cognition. The concept of cue validity has been proposed as a quantitative measure of category differentiation that picks out basic categories. The author attempts to show that cue validity is not able to pick out the basic level because it can only increase for more inclusive categories. The value of quantitative measures in categorization research is discussed, and suggestions are made for research in this area. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-177
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1982


  • cue validity & abstraction & cognitive categorization, literature review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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