Eleanor Rosch

Personal Homepage

Eleanor Rosch (once known as Eleanor Rosch Heider) is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in cognitive psychology and primarily known for her work on categorization, in particular her prototype theory, which has profoundly influenced the field of cognitive psychology. Throughout her work Rosch has conducted extensive research focusing on topics including semantic categorization, mental representation of concepts and linguistics. Her research interests include cognition, concepts, causality, thinking, memory, and cross-cultural, Eastern, and religious psychology. She completed an undergraduate philosophy thesis at Reed College on Wittgenstein and a ground-breaking doctoral thesis at Harvard about category formation. Her more recent work in the psychology of religion has sought to show the implications of Buddhism and contemplative aspects of Western religions for modern psychology.

Publication Statistics

Publication period start
Publication period end
Number of co-authors

Number of publications with favourite co-authors

Productive Colleagues
Most productive colleagues in number of publications


Rosch, Eleanor (1978): Cognition and Categorization, Rosch, Eleanor, Lloyd, Barbara B. (eds.), ,

Rosch, Eleanor (1978): Principles of categorization. In: Rosch, Eleanor, Lloyd, Barbara B. (eds). "Cognition and Categorization" .

Varela, Francisco J., Thompson, Evan, Rosch, Eleanor (1991): The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience, MIT Press,