Analogical Transfer: Processes and Individual Differences

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 197)


How would you attempt to solve a math, logic, or puzzle problem? If the problem were to find the area of a circle, you might retrieve a memorized formula and plug in the appropriate numbers. For many problems, however, you will not have a pre-stored solution procedure in memory, and you will have to use the information presented, along with your knowledge of mathematical facts and general problem solving heuristics, to construct a new solution procedure. Alternatively, you could try to think of an analogous problem solved in the past. If your search for such a problem is successful, you may be able to adapt the old solution procedure for use with the new problem. This is an example of analogical transfer.


Solution Procedure Problem Solver Negative Transfer Target Problem Positive Transfer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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