Development of reasoning:behavioral evidence to support reinforcement over cognitive control accounts

Badger, Julia R. and Shapiro, Laura (2010). Development of reasoning:behavioral evidence to support reinforcement over cognitive control accounts. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1 (2), pp. 138-139.

Abstract

Speed's theory makes two predictions for the development of analogical reasoning. Firstly, young children should not be able to reason analogically due to an undeveloped PFC neural network. Secondly, category knowledge enables the reinforcement of structural features over surface features, and thus the development of sophisticated, analogical, reasoning. We outline existing studies that support these predictions and highlight some critical remaining issues. Specifically, we argue that the development of inhibition must be directly compared alongside the development of reasoning strategies in order to support Speed's account.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17588921003786598
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
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Life & Health Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Badger, J & Shapiro, L 2010, 'Development of reasoning: Behavioral evidence to support reinforcement over cognitive control accounts', Cognitive neuroscience, vol 1, no. 2, pp. 138-139. Cognitive neuroscience is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1758-8928&volume=1&issue=2&spage=138
Published Date: 2010

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