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Title: Incubation and intuition in creative problem solving
Authors: Gilhooly, KJ
Keywords: Creative problem solving;Incubation periods;Unconscious Work;Intermittent Conscious work;Beneficial Forgetting
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Citation: Frontiers in Psychology, 7: pp. 1-9, (2016)
Abstract: Creative problem solving, in which novel solutions are required, has often been seen as involving a special role for unconscious processes (Unconscious Work) which can lead to sudden intuitive solutions (insights) when a problem is set aside during incubation periods. This notion of Unconscious Work during incubation periods is supported by a review of experimental studies and particularly by studies using the Immediate Incubation paradigm. Other explanations for incubation effects, in terms of Intermittent Work or Beneficial Forgetting are considered. Some recent studies of divergent thinking, using the Alternative Uses task, carried out in my laboratory regarding Immediate v. Delayed Incubation and the effects of resource competition from interpolated activities are discussed. These studies supported a role for Unconscious Work as against Intermittent Conscious work or Beneficial Forgetting in incubation.
ISSN: 1664-1078
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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