The Implications of Processing Event Sequences for Theories of Analogical Reasoning
Embretson, Susan E.
Barnes, G. Michael
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Sternberg (1977a, 1977b) has proposed a componential theory of information processing on analogies. The current study attempts convergent validation of the basic findings in verbal analogies by a method that is based on different underlying assumptions. Although the data were generally consistent with Sternberg's theory, the data indicated that application is better described by two separate events. Furthermore, the extent of individual differences in strategy models was so substantial that a higher level processing operation, such as control strategies, should be postulated, rather than to support a single-strategy model as characterizing analogy solving.