Is relational complexity a useful metric for cognitive development?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (6):838-839 (1998)
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This commentary focusses on the evidence used by Halford et al. to support their postulated links between relational complexity and age differences in children's understanding of concepts. None of their developmental claims is consistent with recent cognitive-developmental research. Relational complexity must be an important variable in cognition, but it does not provide a satisfactory metric for explaining cognitive development.
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