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Acta Comportamentalia

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PEREZ-ALMONACID, Ricardo. On the analog behavior. Commentary on Luciano and Ruiz' article: link relations as an analytical-functional model of analogy and metaphor. Acta comport. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.4, pp. 38-43. ISSN 0188-8145.

A critical analysis of the functional-analytic model of analogy proposed by Ruiz and Luciano is provided, concluding that the experimental achievement of analogies can be made without using the Relational Frame Theory (RFT) categories, either because they are not needed or because they don't apply. When analyzing the type of behavioral results achieved in traditional experiments, they could be interpreted as operational redundancies of the analogy definition, which captures only its relational format, but not some possible defining features as the categorical and/or conceptual abstraction of the properties and relations that articulate it. It is suggested the outline of a paradigm that could shed light to enrich the work ahead.

Keywords : analogies; Relational Frame Theory; categorical abstraction; functional structure.

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