Structure-mapping: Directions from simulation to theory

Philosophical Psychology 24 (1):23-51 (2011)

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The theory of mind debate has reached a “hybrid consensus” concerning the status of theory-theory and simulation-theory. Extant hybrid models either specify co-dependency and implementation relations, or distribute mentalizing tasks according to folk-psychological categories. By relying on a non-developmental framework these models fail to capture the central connection between simulation and theory. I propose a “dynamic” hybrid that is informed by recent work on the nature of similarity cognition. I claim that Gentner’s model of structure-mapping allows us to understand simulation as a process in which psychological representations are aligned, causing the spontaneous abstraction of theoretical generalizations about the psychological domain.
Keywords Simulation Theory  Analogy  Analogical Cognition  Theory Theory  Gentner  Structure-Mapping  Folk Psychology  Analogical Learning  Pretense  Pretend Play
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2010.533261
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