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    Why essences are essential in the psychology of concepts.Woo-Kyoung Ahn, Charles Kalish, Susan A. Gelman, Douglas L. Medin, Christian Luhmann, Scott Atran, John D. Coley & Patrick Shafto - 2001 - Cognition 82 (1):59-69.
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    Does rank have its privilege? Inductive inferences within folkbiological taxonomies.John D. Coley, Douglas L. Medin & Scott Atran - 1997 - Cognition 64 (1):73-112.
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    Inductive reasoning in folkbiological thought.John D. Coley, Douglas L. Medin, Julia Beth Proffitt, Elizabeth Lynch & Scott Atran - 1999 - In D. Medin & S. Atran (eds.), Folkbiology. MIT Press. pp. 211-12.
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    A bird's eye view: biological categorization and reasoning within and across cultures.Jeremy N. Bailenson, Michael S. Shum, Scott Atran, Douglas L. Medin & John D. Coley - 2002 - Cognition 84 (1):1-53.
    Many psychological studies of categorization and reasoning use undergraduates to make claims about human conceptualization. Generalizability of findings to other populations is often assumed but rarely tested. Even when comparative studies are conducted, it may be challenging to interpret differences. As a partial remedy, in the present studies we adopt a 'triangulation strategy' to evaluate the ways expertise and culturally different belief systems can lead to different ways of conceptualizing the biological world. We use three groups (US bird experts, US (...)
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    Inductive reasoning about causally transmitted properties.Patrick Shafto, Charles Kemp, Elizabeth Baraff Bonawitz, John D. Coley & Joshua B. Tenenbaum - 2008 - Cognition 109 (2):175-192.
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    Conceptualizing Human–Nature Relationships: Implications of Human Exceptionalist Thinking for Sustainability and Conservation.Joan J. H. Kim, Nicole Betz, Brian Helmuth & John D. Coley - 2023 - Topics in Cognitive Science 15 (3):357-387.
    The ways in which people conceptualize the human–nature relationship have significant implications for proenvironmental values and attitudes, sustainable behavior, and environmental policy measures. Human exceptionalism (HE) is one such conceptual framework, involving the belief that humans and human societies exist independently of the ecosystems in which they are embedded, promoting a sharp ontological boundary between humans and the rest of the natural world. In this paper, we introduce HE in more depth, exploring the impact of HE on perceptions of the (...)
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    Development of Conceptual Flexibility in Intuitive Biology: Effects of Environment and Experience.Nicole Betz & John D. Coley - 2020 - Frontiers in Psychology 11:537672.
    Living things can be classified by taxonomic similarity (lions and lynx), or shared ecological habitat (ducks and turtles). The present studies used card-sorting and triad tasks to explore developmental and experiential changes in conceptual flexibility–the ability to switch between taxonomic and ecological construals of living things–as well as two processes underlying conceptual flexibility: salience (i.e., the ease with which relations come to mind outside of contextual influences) and availability (i.e., the presence of relations in one’s mental space) of taxonomic and (...)
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    Anthropocentric by Default? Attribution of Familiar and Novel Properties to Living Things.Melanie Arenson & John D. Coley - 2018 - Cognitive Science 42 (1):253-285.
    Humans naturally and effortlessly use a set of cognitive tools to reason about biological entities and phenomena. Two such tools, essentialist thinking and teleological thinking, appear to be early developmental cognitive defaults, used extensively in childhood and under limited circumstances in adulthood, but prone to reemerge under time pressure or cognitive load. We examine the nature of another such tool: anthropocentric thinking. In four experiments, we examined patterns of property attribution to a wide range of living and non-living objects, manipulating (...)
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    Knowledge, expectations, and inductive reasoning within conceptual hierarchies.John D. Coley, Brett Hayes, Christopher Lawson & Michelle Moloney - 2004 - Cognition 90 (3):217-253.
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  10. Massimo turatto, Alessandro angrilli, Veronica Mazza, Carlo umilta(university of padova) and Jon driver (university college london) looking without seeing the background change: Electrophysiological correlates of change detection versus change blindness, b1–b10 Amy E. Booth and Sandra R. Waxman (northwestern university). [REVIEW]John D. Coley & Elliot Moreton - 2002 - Cognition 84:365-366.
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