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We present findings suggesting that analogical inference processes can play a role in fluent comprehension and interpretation. Participants were found to use information from a prior relationally similar example in understanding the content of a later example, but they reported that they were not aware of having done so. These inference processes were(More)
Similarity is central in human cognition, playing a role in a wide range of cognitive processes. In three studies, we demonstrate that subjective similarity may change as a function of temporal distance, with some events seeming more similar when considered in the near future, while others increase in similarity as temporal distance increases. Given the(More)
There is little research examining the effects of decision processes on the individual, and the work that does exist has emphasized very high-level processes, associated with complex decisions made over extended periods of time, with substantial levels of engagement. We present two studies demonstrating very basic effects, in which use of a dimension in a(More)
Structure-mapping theory has successfully predicted a number of empirical results concerning ordinary literal similarity processing. In particular, it predicts a distinction between alignable differences—those connected to the common structure derived in a comparison—and nonalignable differences, which are not so connected and which are held to be less(More)
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