Assessment of the Research on Problem Solving and Insight

Authors

  • Amanda Volkamer Elmhurst College
  • Kathy Sexton-Radek,PhD Faculty Sponsor to Amanda Volkamer, Professor, Elmhurst College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47611/jsr.v6i1.298

Keywords:

Cognitive Psychology, Problem Solving, Insight

Abstract

This literature review explores the extent of research on problem solving and insight, as well as the roles of conscious and unconscious processes.  This paper looks at the research on the structure of how insight develops and in general the problem solving process.  Next, the type of problems are examined as to which type of problem solving task work best using either conscious or unconscious processes.  Then, this paper covers research on probabilistic reasoning as this may be an unconscious process and the role of memory and sleep may have in problem solving and insight.  To conclude, there are areas that still need further research but there is strong evidence of an integral role of unconsciousness processes in problem solving.

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Author Biographies

Amanda Volkamer, Elmhurst College

Psychology Dept.

Kathy Sexton-Radek,PhD, Faculty Sponsor to Amanda Volkamer, Professor, Elmhurst College

Faculty Sponsor to Amanda Volkamer,

Professor, Elmhurst College

Published

2017-05-23

How to Cite

Volkamer, A., & Sexton-Radek,PhD, K. (2017). Assessment of the Research on Problem Solving and Insight. Journal of Student Research, 6(1), 126-132. https://doi.org/10.47611/jsr.v6i1.298

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