Murphy's well-written Big Book of Concepts provides a much-needed overview of the rapidly developing field of concept learning and use. This book should be read by anyone who wants to understand the theories and empirical studies that will provide the foundation for new research for decades to come.
(Arthur B. Markman, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin)
This book is a landmark achievement in the cognitive science of human concepts. It beautifully integrates experimental data and theories to arrive at a rich account of how concepts are learned, represented, interrelated, used, combined, and changed.
(Robert Goldstone, Professor of Psychology, Program in Cognitive Science, Indiana University)
This is going to be the classic text in the field for a very long time.
We've needed a book like this for the past decade. The Big Book of Concepts is beautifully done in so many ways and a true service to the field. Murphy's ambitious and integrated review is unusually thorough, thoughtful, and fair in its coverage of the diverse literatures on concepts. Graduate students will remember this volume the rest of their careers for what it taught them, and seasoned researchers will use it as the authoritative source to fill holes in their knowledge.
(Lawrence W. Barsalou, Department of Psychology, Emory University)
About the Author
Gregory L. Murphy is Professor of Psychology at New York University.