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    Relational frame theory and analogical reasoning: Empirical investigations

    Stewart, Ian and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot (2004) Relational frame theory and analogical reasoning: Empirical investigations. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 4 (2). pp. 241-262. ISSN 1889-1780

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    Much RFT-based research has concentrated on using derived relational responding to model particular aspects of language and higher cognition. One by now particularly successful example of this research is that which has modelled analogical language in terms of the relating of derived relations. The current article describes the progress of research in this area. Initial RFT-based models of analogy have successfully demonstrated several important aspects of this phenomenon, including the presence of non-arbitrary relations, the transformation of behavioral functions and the generativity of analogical language in the naturalistic environment. More recent studies have provided an important extension of this research by examining developmental trends in analogical responding. Perhaps the most notable and unexpected outcome of this latter work is the revelation that the behavioral tradition represented by RFT may by now have provided a precise definition of analogical reasoning in the apparent absence of a similarly precise definition from the cognitive/developmental tradition.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Analogical Reasoning; Relational Frame Theory; Equivalence-Equivalence; Development;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 14814
    Depositing User: Prof. Dermot Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2021 15:17
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy
    Publisher: Asociación de Análisis del Comportamiento
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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