Reasoning and learning by analogy.

D. Gentner*, K. J. Holyoak

*Corresponding author for this work

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Analogy is a powerful cognitive mechanism that people use to make inferences and learn new abstractions. The history of work on analogy in modern cognitive science is sketched, focusing on contributions from cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, and philosophy of science. This review sets the stage for the 3 articles that follow in this Science Watch section.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-34
Number of pages3
JournalThe American psychologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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