MAC/FAC: A Model of Similarity-Based Retrieval

  title={MAC/FAC: A Model of Similarity-Based Retrieval},
  author={Kenneth D. Forbus and Dedre Gentner and Keith Law},
  journal={Cognitive Science},
We present a model of similarity-based retrieval that attempts to capture three seemingly contradictory psychological phenomena: (1) structural commonalities are weighed more heavily than surface commonalities in similarity judgments for items in working memory; (2) in retrieval, superficial similarity is more important than structural similarity; and yet (3) purely structural (analogical) remindings are sometimes experienced. Our model, MAC/FAC, explains these phenomena in terms of a two-stage… CONTINUE READING
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