Comparison and Mapping Facilitate Relation Discovery and Predication

Leonidas A. A. Doumas, John E. Hummel

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Abstract

Relational concepts play a central role in human perception and cognition, but little is known about how they are acquired. For example, how do we come to understand that physical force is a higher-order multiplicative relation between mass and acceleration, or that two circles are the same-shape in the same way that two squares are? A recent model of relational learning, DORA (Discovery of Relations by Analogy; Doumas, Hummel & Sandhofer, 2008), predicts that comparison and analogical mapping play a central role in the discovery and predication of novel higher-order relations. We report two experiments testing and confirming this prediction
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere63889
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2013

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