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Analogy and conceptual change in childhood

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 December 2008

John E. Opfer
Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Leonidas A. A. Doumas
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405.


Analogical inferences are an important consequence of the way semantic knowledge is represented, that is, with relations as explicit structures that can take arguments. We review evidence that this feature of semantic cognition successfully predicts how quickly and broadly children's concepts change with experience and show that Rogers & McClelland's (R&M's) parallel distributed processing (PDP) model fails to simulate these cognitive changes due to its handling of relational information.

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