Reviving Inert Knowledge: Analogical Abstraction Supports Relational Retrieval of Past Events

  title={Reviving Inert Knowledge: Analogical Abstraction Supports Relational Retrieval of Past Events},
  author={Dedre Gentner and Jeffrey Loewenstein and Leigh Thompson and Kenneth D. Forbus},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  volume={33 8},
We present five experiments and simulation studies to establish late analogical abstraction as a new psychological phenomenon: Schema abstraction from analogical examples can revive otherwise inert knowledge. We find that comparing two analogous examples of negotiations at recall time promotes retrieving analogical matches stored in memory-a notoriously elusive effect. Another innovation in this research is that we show parallel effects for real-life autobiographical memory (Experiments 1-3… CONTINUE READING
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