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Author (up) Chaigneau, S.E.; Canessa, E.; Barra, C.; Lagos, R. pdf  doi
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  Title The role of variability in the property listing task Type Journal Article
  Year 2018 Publication Behavior Research Methods Abbreviated Journal Behav. Res. Methods  
  Volume 50 Issue 3 Pages 972-988  
  Keywords Property listing task; Conceptual property norms; Inter-subject variability; Conceptual agreement theory  
  Abstract It is generally believed that concepts can be characterized by their properties (or features). When investigating concepts encoded in language, researchers often ask subjects to produce lists of properties that describe them (i.e., the Property Listing Task, PLT). These lists are accumulated to produce Conceptual Property Norms (CPNs). CPNs contain frequency distributions of properties for individual concepts. It is widely believed that these distributions represent the underlying semantic structure of those concepts. Here, instead of focusing on the underlying semantic structure, we aim at characterizing the PLT. An often disregarded aspect of the PLT is that individuals show intersubject variability (i.e., they produce only partially overlapping lists). In our study we use a mathematical analysis of this intersubject variability to guide our inquiry. To this end, we resort to a set of publicly available norms that contain information about the specific properties that were informed at the individual subject level. Our results suggest that when an individual is performing the PLT, he or she generates a list of properties that is a mixture of general and distinctive properties, such that there is a non-linear tendency to produce more general than distinctive properties. Furthermore, the low generality properties are precisely those that tend not to be repeated across lists, accounting in this manner for part of the intersubject variability. In consequence, any manipulation that may affect the mixture of general and distinctive properties in lists is bound to change intersubject variability. We discuss why these results are important for researchers using the PLT.  
  Address [Chaigneau, Sergio E.; Canessa, Enrique] Univ Adolfo Ibanez, Sch Psychol, Ctr Cognit Res CINCO, Av Presidente Errazuriz 3328, Santiago, Chile, Email: sergio.chaigneau@uai.cl  
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  Publisher Springer Place of Publication Editor  
  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  Series Volume Series Issue Edition  
  ISSN 1554-351x ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes WOS:000434639400008 Approved no  
  Call Number UAI @ eduardo.moreno @ Serial 876  
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