Structure Mapping and Vocabularies for Thinking

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While extremes tend to capture attention, the ordinary is often most of the story. So it may be with the structure-mapping process. The structure-mapping process can account for such pinnacles of thinking as analogy and metaphor, which can lead to overlooking the mundane, incremental use of structure mapping. Consequently, the current discussion shifts focus to the value of close comparisons between literally similar items for the development of knowledge. The intent is to foster greater integration between process and content as well as between individuals and collectives. The payoff is identifying some undue simplifications and some promising new directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)842-858
Number of pages17
JournalTopics in Cognitive Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • Encoding vocabularies
  • Structure mapping
  • Vocabularies of practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence

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