Book Definition: Mental representations of categories of items or ideas, based on experience.

In Your Own Words

  • Being able to identify an item and place it in a category due to prior knowledge and experiences.
  • Having something like folders in your head where you categorize things you have experienced before.
  • Categorizing an experience with a similar previous experiences


  • Natural concepts and artificial concepts.
  • The Core Concepts in the AP Psychology book.
  • The concept of what a bird looks like - feathers, wings, beak, 2 legs
  • The concept of what a cat looks like - fur, 4 legs, tail, whiskers
  • Concept of feeling as opposed to a concept of different actions
  • The concept of tying your shoe

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