Exploring the role that encoding and retrieval play in sampling effects


A growing body of literature suggests that making different sampling assumptions about how data are generated can lead to qualitatively different patterns of inference based on that data. However, relatively little is known about how sampling assumptions are represented or when they are incorporated. We report the results of a single category generalisation experiment aimed at exploring these issues. By systematically varying both the sampling cover story and whether it is given before or after the training stimuli we are able to determine whether encoding or retrieval issues drive the impact of sampling assumptions. We find that the sampling cover story affects generalisation when it is presented before the training stimuli, but not after, which we interpret in favour of an encoding account.

In A Goel, C Seifert, and C Freksa (Eds.) Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society: 946-952