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dc.contributor.authorGilhooly, KJ-
dc.identifier.citationFrontiers in Psychology, 7: pp. 1-9, (2016)en_US
dc.description.abstractCreative 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.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis paper is based on research funded by grants from UK Economic and Social Research Council (RES-000-22-2191) and Leverhulme Trust (F008281G) to KG.en_US
dc.publisherFrontiers Mediaen_US
dc.subjectCreative problem solvingen_US
dc.subjectIncubation periodsen_US
dc.subjectUnconscious Worken_US
dc.subjectIntermittent Conscious worken_US
dc.subjectBeneficial Forgettingen_US
dc.titleIncubation and intuition in creative problem solvingen_US
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