Eleanor H. Rosch
Professor of the Graduate School
3127 Tolman Hall
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Ph.D., Harvard University
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Research Interests: 
Cognition, concepts, causality, cross-cultural, Eastern psychologies, psychologies of religion
  • whatshotResearch Description
    Professor Rosch is known for her work in concepts and categorization in cognitive psychology which has been influential in many fields (one of which is prototype theory in linguistics) and for her more recent work on Eastern psychologies and the psychology of religion.
  • placeSelected Publications

    Varela, J., Thompson, E., & Rosch, E. (1991). The embodied mind: Cognitive science and human experience Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    Rosch, E., & Lloyd, B. B. (Eds.) (1978), Cognition and categorization. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.


    Rosch, E. (in press). Beginner's mind: Paths to the wisdom that is not learned In Ferrari, M. & Potworowski, G. (Eds.). Teaching for Wisdom, Hillsdale NJ: Erlbaum.

    Rosch, E. (2005). "If you depict a bird, give it space to fly": On mind, meditation, and art. In Baas, J. & Jacobs, M. J. (Eds.) Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Reprinted in: McLeod, M. (2005). Best Buddhist Writings 2005. Boston: Shambhala Publications.

    Rosch, E. (2002). How to catch James's mystic germ: Religious experience, Buddhist meditation, and psychology. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 9, No. 9-10, 37-56.

    Rosch, E. (1999). Reclaiming concepts. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6, No. 11-12, 61-77.
    Reprinted in R. Nunez and W. J. Freeman (Eds.) (1999). Reclaiming cognition: The primacy of action, intention and emotion. Thorverton, UK: Imprint Academic.

    Rosch, E. (1998). Is Wisdom in the Brain? [A review of Austin, J. H. Zen and the brain.] Psychological Science, 10, 222-224.

    Rosch, E. (1997). Transformation of the wolf man. In J. Pickering (Ed.) The Authority of Experience. London: Curzon Press.

    Rosch, E. (1994). Is causality circular: Event structure in folk psychology, cognitive science, and Buddhist logic. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 1, 50-65.

    Rosch, E. (1983). Prototype classification and logical classification: The two systems. In E. F. Scholnick (Ed.), New trends in conceptual representation: Challenges to Piaget's theory? Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

    Mervis, C. B., & Rosch, E. (1981). Categorization of natural objects. In M. R. Rosenzweig & L. W. Porter (Eds.), Annual Review of Psychology(Vol. 32).

    Rosch, E. (1978). Principles of categorization. In E. Rosch & B. B. Lloyd (Eds.), Cognition and categorization. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. Reprinted in: Margolis, E. and Laurence, S. (Eds.) (1999). Concepts: Core readings. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    Rosch, E. (1977). Human categorization. In N. Warren (Ed.), Advances in cross-cultural psychology (Vol. 1). London: Academic Press.

    Rosch, E., Mervis, C. B., Gray, W., Johnson, D., & Boyes-Braem, P. (1976). Basic objects in natural categories. Cognitive Psychology, 8, 382-439

    Rosch, E., & Mervis, C. B. (1975). Family resemblances: Studies in the internal structure of categories. Cognitive Psychology, 7, 573-605. Reprinted in M. R. DePaul & W. Ramsey (Eds.). (1988). Rethinking intuition: The psychology of intuition and its role in philosophical inquiry.Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

    Rosch, E. (1975). Cognitive representations of semantic categories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 104, 192-233.

    Rosch, E. (1974). Linguistic relativity. In A. Silverstein (Ed.), Human communication: Theoretical perspectives. New York: Halstead. Reprinted in P.N. Johnson-Laird & P. C. Wason (Eds.) (1977). Thinking: Readings in cognitive science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    Reprinted in Etc: A Review of General Semantics (1987)

    Rosch, E. (1973). Natural categories. Cognitive Psychology 4, 328-350.

    Heider, E. Rosch. (1972). Universals in color naming and memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 93, 10-20.

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