Basic category

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In cognitive psychology, a basic category is a category at a particular level of the category inclusion hierarchy (i.e., a particular level of generality) that is preferred by humans in learning and memory tasks. The term is associated with the work of psychologist Eleanor Rosch, who demonstrated basic category preferences in a number of classic experiments.[1]


In 2016, Tom Leinster published the "Basic Category Theory", which seeks universal properties that govern in mathematics.[2]


  1. ^ Rosch, Eleanor (1978). "Principles of Categorization" (PDF). Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  2. ^ Leinster, Tom (30 December 2016). "Basic Category Theory". arXiv:1612.09375 [math.CT]. Accessed 5 February 2018.