Language and Thought
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A study of concept formation One of the most interesting views of the growth of conceptual thinking has been put forward by the Russian psychologist Vigotsky. In a series of ingenious experiments he investigated the formation of concepts using a method which dealt successfully with the problem that concept formation and language are closely correlated. [ 21] Instead of using words that already carry with them elements of thought and possibly even fully developed concepts, Vigotsky used words which had no symbolic significance at all at the outset, but which gradually acquired such significance in the course of the investigations. He presented two sets of stimuli to the subject of the experiment, one set as the objects of his activity, the other as signs which can serve to organize that activity. The translators of Vigotsk:y's book give this description of the use of his apparatus.