Sensitivity to Relational Similarity and Object Similarity in Apes and Children

@article{Christie2016SensitivityTR,
  title={Sensitivity to Relational Similarity and Object Similarity in Apes and Children},
  author={S. Christie and D. Gentner and J. Call and D. Haun},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2016},
  volume={26},
  pages={531-535}
}
Relational reasoning is a hallmark of sophisticated cognition in humans. Does it exist in other primates? Despite some affirmative answers, there appears to be a wide gap in relational ability between humans and other primates--even other apes. Here, we test one possible explanation for this gap, motivated by developmental research showing that young humans often fail at relational reasoning tasks because they focus on objects instead of relations. When asked, "duck:duckling is like tiger… Expand
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