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
"[P]rovides a contemporary summary of the psychological aspects of problem solving, including such topics as problem recognition, transfer, working memory, and other topics..." American Journal of Physics
"The richness of the discussion throughout the various chapters, and the sheer quantity of information used to illustrate each point of view are impressive...an excellent look at both the history of problem solving research and the current state of the field...extremely valuable..." William Altman, Broome Community College, Teachers College Record
"A good book on any subject should summarize 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