Assessing the concreteness of relational representation.

  title={Assessing the concreteness of relational representation.},
  author={Jonathan R. Rein and Arthur B. Markman},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  volume={36 6},
Research has shown that people's ability to transfer abstract relational knowledge across situations can be heavily influenced by the concrete objects that fill relational roles. This article provides evidence that the concreteness of the relations themselves also affects performance. In 3 experiments, participants viewed simple relational patterns of visual objects and then identified these same patterns under a variety of physical transformations. Results show that people have difficulty… CONTINUE READING

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