a1 Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
a2 Department of Psychology, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC 29501. Z.Estes@warwick.ac.uk http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/psych/people/academic/zestes firstname.lastname@example.org http://acsweb.fmarion.edu/ljones/
We evaluate whether evidence from conceptual combination supports the relational priming model of analogy. Representing relations implicitly as patterns of activation distributed across the semantic network provides a natural and parsimonious explanation of several key phenomena observed in conceptual combination. Although an additional mechanism for role resolution may be required, relational priming offers a promising approach to analogy.