BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

A connectionist account of analogical development

Leech, Robert and Mareschal, Denis and Cooper, Richard P. (2003) A connectionist account of analogical development. In: Alterman, R. and Kirsch, D. (eds.) CogSci 2003: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 2003. Cognitive Science Society, Inc., pp. 710-715. ISBN 9780805849912.


Download (6MB) | Preview
Official URL:


We present a connectionist model that provides a mechanistic account of the development of simple relational analogy completion. Drawing analogies arises as a bi-product of pattern completion in a network that learns input/output pairings representing relational information. Analogy is achieved by an initial example of a relation priming the network such that the subsequent presentation of an input produces the correct analogical response. The results show that the model successfully solves simple A:B::C:D analogies and that its developmental trajectory closely parallels that of children. Finally, the model makes two strong empirical predictions.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Copyright and all rights therein are retained by the authors. Edited by Richard Alterman and David Kirsh and published online by the Cognitive Science Society:
School: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2007 14:51
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:09

Archive Staff Only (login required)

Edit/View Item Edit/View Item