Journal Articles

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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