Bootstrapping the Mind: Analogical Processes and Symbol Systems
Version of Record online: 6 JUL 2010
Copyright © 2010 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Special Issue: 2009 Rumelhart Prize Special Issue Honoring Susan Carey
Volume 34, Issue 5, pages 752–775, July 2010
How to Cite
Gentner, D. (2010), Bootstrapping the Mind: Analogical Processes and Symbol Systems. Cognitive Science, 34: 752–775. doi: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2010.01114.x
- Issue online: 6 JUL 2010
- Version of Record online: 6 JUL 2010
- Received 16 December 2009; received in revised form 11 May 2010; accepted 11 May 2010
- Analogical learning;
- Cognitive development;
- Language and cognition;
Human cognition is striking in its brilliance and its adaptability. How do we get that way? How do we move from the nearly helpless state of infants to the cognitive proficiency that characterizes adults? In this paper I argue, first, that analogical ability is the key factor in our prodigious capacity, and, second, that possession of a symbol system is crucial to the full expression of analogical ability.