Sunday, February 17, 2008

A new commentary piece in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Here's a new commentary on a target article, to appear in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The full piece is available through email.

Dynamic sets of potentially interchangeable connotations: A theory of mental objects

Alex Linhares

Abstract: Analogy-making is an ability with which we can abstract from surface similarities and perceive deep, meaningful similarities between different mental objects and situations. I propose that mental objects are dynamically changing sets of potentially interchangeable connotations. Unfortunately, most models of analogy seem devoid of both semantics and relevance-extraction, postulating analogy as a one-to-one mapping devoid of connotation transfer.