Ellen M. Markman
Election Year: 2011
Primary Section: 52, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
Membership Type: Member
Much of my work has addressed how children categorize the world, how categories drive the inductive inferences children make, and how language impacts these processes. My collaborators and I have shown that hearing two dissimilar objects called by the same label allows children to view them as the same kind of thing which, in turn, further enables children to infer that the objects share nonobvious properties. Language is, then, a powerful means of freeing children from being perceptually bound.