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The Psychology of Problem Solving - Janet E. Davidson

The Psychology of Problem Solving

By: Janet E. Davidson (Editor), Robert J. Sternberg (Editor)


Published: 7th October 2003
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Problems are a central part of human life. The Psychology of Problem Solving organizes in one volume much of what psychologists know about problem solving and the factors that contribute to its success or failure. There are chapters by leading experts in this field, including Miriam Bassok, Randall Engle, Anders Ericsson, Arthur Graesser, Keith Stanovich, Norbert Schwarz, and Barry Zimmerman, among others. The Psychology of Problem Solving is divided into four parts. Following an introduction that reviews the nature of problems and the history and methods of the field, Part II focuses on individual differences in, and the influence of, the abilities and skills that humans bring to problem situations. Part III examines motivational and emotional states and cognitive strategies that influence problem solving performance, while Part IV summarizes and integrates the various views of problem solving proposed in the preceding chapters.

'A good book on any subject should summarise the current state of knowledge, and point to the important areas where further work is needed, and this book does both. Overall, this is a very stimulating collection, which all researchers in problem solving will wish to consult.' Trends in Cognitive Sciences

Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Recognizing, Defining, and Representing Problemsp. 3
The Acquisition of Expert Performance as Problem Solving: Construction and Modification of Mediating Mechanisms through Deliberate Practicep. 31
Relevant Abilities and Skills
Is Success or Failure at Solving Complex Problems Related to Intellectual Ability?p. 87
Creativity: A Source of Difficulty in Problem Solvingp. 127
Insights about Insightful Problem Solvingp. 149
The Role of Working Memory in Problem Solvingp. 176
Comprehension of Text in Problem Solvingp. 207
States and Strategies
Motivating Self-Regulated Problem Solversp. 233
Feeling and Thinking: Implications for Problem Solvingp. 263
The Fundamental Computational Biases of Human Cognition: Heuristics That (Sometimes) Impair Decision Making and Problem Solvingp. 291
Analogical Transfer in Problem Solvingp. 343
Conclusions and Integration
Problem Solving--Large/Small, Hard/Easy, Conscious/Nonconscious, Problem-Space/Problem-Solver: The Issue of Dichotomizationp. 373
Indexp. 385
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ISBN: 9780521797412
ISBN-10: 0521797411
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 7th October 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 12.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.54