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Quantification and the language of thought

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posted on 2009-12-01, 00:00 authored by Charles KempCharles Kemp

Many researchers have suggested that the psychological complexity of a concept is related to the length of its representation in a language o f thought. As yet, however, there are few concrete proposals about the nature o f this language. This paper makes one such proposal: the language of thought allow s first order quantification (quantification over objects) more readily than second-order quantification (quantification over features). To support this proposal we present behavioral results from a concept learning study inspired by the work of Shepard, Hovland and Jenkins


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