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Analogy as relational priming: The challenge of self-reflection

  • Andrea Cheshire (a1), Linden J. Ball (a1) and Charlie N. Lewis (a1)


Despite its strengths, Leech et al.'s model fails to address the important benefits that derive from self-explanation and task feedback in analogical reasoning development. These components encourage explicit, self-reflective processes that do not necessarily link to knowledge accretion. We wonder, therefore, what mechanisms can be included within a connectionist framework to model self-reflective involvement and its beneficial consequences.



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