This project seeks to explore different possible mechanisms underlying the relational shift, including:
1) children's executive functions (i.e. the ability to regulate their own thinking, including inhibitory control, working memory, and task-switching)
2) parent socialization of attention to perceptual versus relational similarities
We conduct experimental work to examine the contributions of these skills, as well as studies to test whether priming for analogical thinking and attention - a relational mindset - is possible.