GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Thinking-Representation (Categorization, Imagery, Schemas, Scripts) Study Material (Page 1 of 4)

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Concept Formation: Characteristics of Concepts


Concept is a symbolic construction that represents some common and general features of many objects or events.

According to Vinacke, concept is that system of responses by which data achieved by perception, experience are described and organized.

Characteristics of Concepts

  • Concepts are used in learning.
  • Concepts are symbolic, because of the pretext of si…

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Concept Formation: Ways of Concept Formation


Ways of Concept Formation

  • Discrimination Learning: Happens when correct responses are reinforced and others are not. For example, when a child says apple and correctly points it out he receives a nod from parents causing discriminatory learning.
  • Context: Concepts can be made by seeing and hearing, the examples of concepts in different settings features and attributes of the concept can be defined.
  • Definition: New concepts can be defined in terms of other familiar concepts.