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What makes an insight problem? The roles of heuristics, goal conception, and solution recoding in knowledge-lean problems.

Chronicle, EP, MacGregor, JN and Ormerod, TC (2004) What makes an insight problem? The roles of heuristics, goal conception, and solution recoding in knowledge-lean problems. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn, 30 (1). pp. 14-27.

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Abstract

Four experiments investigated transformation problems with insight characteristics. In Experiment 1, performance on a version of the 6-coin problem that had a concrete and visualizable solution followed a hill-climbing heuristic. Experiment 2 demonstrated that the difficulty of a version of the problem that potentially required insight for solution stems from the same hill-climbing heuristic, which creates an implicit conceptual block. Experiment 3 confirmed that the difficulty of the potential insight solution is conceptual, not procedural. Experiment 4 demonstrated the same principles of move selection on the 6-coin problem and the 10-coin (triangle) problem. It is argued that hill-climbing heuristics provide a common framework for understanding transformation and insight problem solving. Postsolution receding may account for part of the phenomenology of insight.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Chronicle, EPUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
MacGregor, JNUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ormerod, TCt.ormerod@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : January 2004
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1037/0278-7393.30.1.14
Uncontrolled Keywords : Cognition, Goals, Humans, Problem Solving, Videotape Recording
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:58
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/825854

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