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Insight in sight : studying insight and the effects of giving hints on insight

Pohjola, Anna (2010) Insight in sight : studying insight and the effects of giving hints on insight.

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Abstract:There are many ways to solve a problem. A unique way is insightful problem solving when the solution promptly comes into your mind. It is interesting to take a look inside one's brain to understand more about this intriguing phenomenon, particularly since brain responses appear to signal insight before subjects report it. The electroencephalogram of 20 participants was recorded during a verbal insight task. In part of the trials different types of hints were provided. The analyses of the EEG-data revealed more brain activity related to breaking one’s mental impasse without providing the subjects with a hint and more activity related to the subjective aha-experience when no hint was given. The results suggest that giving a hint during insightful problem solving has an advantage when people can not proceed in solving a problem. On the other hand the actual experience of insight weakens when a hint is provided.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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