Journal Articles

Coley, J.D. & Tanner, K.D. (2015). Relations between intuitive biological thinking and biological misconceptions in biology majors and non-majors. CBE: Life Sciences Education, 14, 1-19.

Eidson, R.C. & Coley, J.D. (2014). Not so fast: Gender essentialism in young adults. Journal of Cognition and Development, 15 (2), 382-292.

Smith, J.I., Combs, E.D., Nagami, P.H., Alto, V.M., Goh, H.G., Gourdet, M.A.A., Hough, C.M., Nickell, A.E., Peer, A.G., Coley, J.D. & Tanner, K.D. (2013). Development of the Biology Card Sorting Task to Measure Conceptual Expertise in Biology. CBE: Life Sciences Education, 12, 628-644.

Kutchukian, P.S., Vasilyeva, N.Y., Xu, J., Lindvall, M.K., Michael P. Dillon, M.P., Glick, M., Coley, J.D. & Brooijmans, N. (2012). Inside the mind of a medicinal chemist: The role of human bias in compound prioritization during drug discovery.PLoS ONE 7(11): e48476.

Coley, J. D. & Tanner, K. D. (2012). Common origins of diverse misconceptions: Cognitive principles and the development of biological thinking. CBE: Life Sciences Education, 11, 1-7.

Coley, J. D. (2012). Where the wild things are: Informal experience and ecological reasoning. Child Development, 83 (3), 992-1006.

Feeney, A., Coley, J.D. & Crisp, A. (2010). The relevance framework for category-based induction: Evidence from garden-path arguments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 36(4), 906-919.

Shafto, P., Kemp, C., Bonawitz, L.B., Coley, J.D.  & Tenenbaum, J.B. (2008). Inductive reasoning about causally transmitted properties. Cognition, 109, 175-192.

Coley, J.D. (2007). The human animal: Developmental changes in judgments of taxonomic and psychological similarity among humans and other animals. Cognition, Brain, Behavior, 11, 733-756.

Shafto, P., Coley, J.D. & Baldwin, D. (2007). Effects of time pressure on context-sensitive property induction. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 890-894

Medin, D.L., Ross, N.O., Atran, S., Cox, D., Coley, J.D., Proffitt, J.B. & Blok, S. (2006). Folkbiology of freshwater fish. Cognition, 99, 237-273.

Coley, J.D., Hayes, B., Lawson, C., & Moloney, M. (2004). Knowledge, expectations, and inductive inferences within conceptual hierarchies.  Cognition, 90, 217-253

Medin, D., Coley, J.D., Storms, G. & Hayes, B.  (2003). A relevance theory of induction.  Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 10, 517-532.

Shafto, P. & Coley, J.D.  (2003). Development of categorization and reasoning in the natural world: Novices to experts, naïve similarity to ecological knowledge. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 29, 641-649

Ross, N., Medin, D.L., Coley, J.D. & Atran, S.  (2003). Cultural and experiential differences in the development of biological induction. Cognitive Development, 18, 25-47.

Stepanova, O. & Coley, J.D.  (2002). The green-eyed monster:  Concepts of envy and jealousy in Russian and English. Journal ofCognition & Culture, 2, 235-262.

Bailenson, J.B., Shum, M.S., Atran, S., Medin, D. & Coley, J.D.  (2002).  A bird’s eye view: Biological categorization and reasoning within and across cultures.  Cognition, 84, 1-53.

Atran, S., Medin, D., Ross, N., Lynch, E., Vapnarsky, V., Ucan Ek, E., Coley, J., Timura, C., & Baran, M.  (2002).  Folkecology, cultural epidemiology, and the spirit of the commons: A garden experiment in the Maya lowlands.  Current Anthropology, 43(3), 421-450.

Ahn, W., Kalish, C., Gelman, S.A., Medin, D.L., Luhmann, C., Atran, S., Coley, J.D. & Shafto, P.  (2001).  Why essences are essential in the psychology of concepts.  Cognition, 82, 59-69.

Proffitt, J.B., Coley, J.D. & Medin, D.L (2000).  Expertise and category-based induction.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory & Cognition, 26, 811-828

Coley, J.D.  (2000).  On the importance of comparative research:  The case of folkbiology.  Child Development, 71, 82-90.

Lynch, E. B., Coley, J. D., & Medin, D. L. (2000).  Tall is typical:  Central tendency, ideal dimensions, and graded category structure among tree experts and novices.  Memory & Cognition, 28, 41-50.

Atran, S.; Medin, D.; Ross, N.; Lynch, E.; Coley, J.; Ucan Ek’; E.; & Vapnarsky, V. (1999). Folkecology and commons management in the Maya Lowlands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A., 96, 7598-7603.

Gelman, S. A., Coley, J. D., Rosengren, K. R., Hartman, E. E., & Pappas, A. S. (1998).  Beyond labeling:  The role of parental input in the acquisition of richly-structured categories. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 63, Serial No. 253.

Coley, J. D., Medin, D. L., & Atran, S.  (1997).  Does rank have its privilege?  Inductive inferences within folkbiological taxonomies.  Cognition, 64(1), 73-112.

Atran, S., Estin, P., Coley, J. D., & Medin, D. L.  (1997).  Generic species and basic levels: Essence and appearance in folk biology. Journal of Ethnobiology, 17(1), 22-45.

López, A.,  Atran, S., Coley, J. D., Medin, D. & Smith, E.E.  (1997).  The tree of life:  Universal and cultural features of folkbiological taxonomies and inductions.  Cognitive Psychology, 32, 251-295.

Medin, D. L., Lynch, E. B., Coley, J. D, & Atran, S.  (1997).  Categorization and reasoning among tree experts:  Do all roads lead to Rome?  Cognitive Psychology, 32, 49-96.

Coley, J. D.  (1995).  Emerging differentiation of folkbiology and folkpsychology:  Attributions of biological and psychological properties to living things.  Child Development, 66, 1856-1874.

Gelman, S. A., & Coley, J.D.  (1990).  The importance of knowing a dodo is a bird:  Categories and inferences in 2-year-old children.  Developmental Psychology, 26, 796-804.

Coley, J. D., & Gelman, S.A.  (1989).  The effects of object orientation and object type on children’s interpretation of the word “big.”  Child Development, 60, 372-380.

Book Chapters

Coley, J. D. & Muratore, T.M. (2012). Trees, Fish, and Other Fictions: Folk Biological Thought and its Implications for Understanding Evolutionary Biology. In K. S. Rosengren, S. Brem, E. M. Evans, & G. Sinatra (Eds.). Evolution challenges: Integrating research and practice in teaching and learning about evolution (22-46). Cambridge:  Oxford University Press.

Coley, J.D. & Vasilyeva, N.Y. (2010). Generating inductive inferences: Premise relations and property effects. In B.H. Ross (Ed.) The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 53, 183-226. Burlington MA: Academic Press.

Shafto, P., Coley, J.D. & Vitkin, A. (2007). Availability in category-based induction. In A. Feeney & E. Heit (Eds.),Inductive reasoning: Experimental, developmental, and computational approaches. Cambridge University Press, 114-136..

Sachs, O.S. & Coley, J.D. (2006). Envy and jealousy in Russian and English: Labeling and conceptualization of emotions by native speakers and bilinguals. In A. Pavlenko (Ed.), Bilingual minds: Emotional experience, expression, and representation(209-231). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

Coley, J.D., Shafto, P., Stepanova, O, & Barraff, E. (2005). Knowledge and category-based induction. In Ahn, W., Goldstone, R. L., Love, B. C., Markman, A. B., & Wolff, P. (Eds.),Categorization inside and outside the laboratory: Essays in honor of Douglas L. Medin (69-85). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Coley, J.D., Solomon, G.E.A., & Shafto, P.  (2002). The development of folkbiology: A cognitive science perspective on children’s understanding of the biological world.  In P. Kahn & S. Kellert (Eds.), Children and nature: Psychological, sociocultural and evolutionary investigations (65-91). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Coley, J. D., Medin, D. L., Proffitt, J. B, Lynch, E. B., & Atran, S.  (1999).  Inductive reasoning in folkbiological thought.  In D.L. Medin, D. L. & S. Atran (Eds.), Folkbiology (205-232).  Cambridge, MA:  MIT Press.

Medin, D. L. & Coley, J. D.  (1998).  Concepts and categorization.  In Hochberg, J. & Cutting, J. E. (Eds.), Handbook of Perception and Cognition (2nd Ed.): Perception and Cognition at Century’s End (403-440).  San Diego: Academic Press.

Gelman, S. A., Coley, J. D., & Gottfried, G. M.  (1994).  Essentialist beliefs in children:  The acquisition of concepts and theories.  In L. W. Hirschfeld & S. A. Gelman (Eds.), Mapping the mind:  Domain specificity in cognition and culture (341-365).  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

Gelman, S. A., & Coley, J. D.  (1991).  Language and categorization:  The acquisition of natural kind terms.  In J. P. Byrnes & S. A. Gelman (Eds.), Perspectives on language and thought:  Interrelations in development (pp. 146-196).  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.