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Title: The typicality ranking task: A new method to derive typicality judgments from children
Authors: Djalal, Farah Mutiasari ×
Ameel, Eef
Storms, Gert #
Issue Date: 20-Jun-2016
Publisher: Public Library of Sciene
Series Title: PLoS One
Article number: PONE-D-16-01655
Abstract: An alternative method for deriving typicality judgments, applicable in young children that are not familiar with numerical values yet, is introduced, allowing researchers to study gradedness at younger ages in concept development. Contrary to the long tradition of using rating-based procedures to derive typicality judgments, we propose a method that is based on typicality ranking rather than rating, in which items are gradually sorted according to their typicality, and that requires a minimum of linguistic knowledge. The validity of the method is investigated and the method is compared to the traditional typicality rating measurement in a large empirical study with eight different semantic concepts. The results show that the typicality ranking task can be used to assess children’s category knowledge and to evaluate how this knowledge evolves over time. Contrary to earlier held assumptions in studies on typicality in young children, our results also show that preference is not so much a confounding variable to be avoided, but that both variables are often significantly correlated in older children and even in adults.
ISSN: 1932-6203
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory for Experimental Psychology
Educational Effectiveness and Evaluation
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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