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LEC4 – Insight and the Problem of Transfer Oct 1 2009

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University of Toronto St. George
John Vervaeke

PSY370: Thinking and Reasoning LEC4 Insight & the problem of Transfer Oct, 1st, 2009 Metcalfe 1986 (a) meta-cognition abilities to monitor & intervene in ones cognition ones ability to predict future ability to remember research shows that this is a reliable faculty ie. when ppl predict their aptitude at this ability they are pretty accurate people have feelings of knowing (FOK) if insight problem solving involve standard memory search as per W & A, and if memory searches are positively and reliably correlated with meta-cognition (FOK), then insight problem solving should be positively and reliability correlated with meta-cognition (FOK) study 1 compared relationships bw FOK and how they actually remember or whether or not they are going to solve an insight problem FOK correlates high to remembering but low to success at insight task thus this finding is hard to reconcile this finding with W & A but the experiment did NOT show there was no memory search in insight problem solving, it does NOT prove that a gradual search is not in process it does indicate that the relationship bw memory and meta-cognition is somehow altered when doing insight problem solving but ppl were more confident with regards to insight task than it was for the memory search task even though the success rate was reversed thus confidence does not reliably track accuracy Study 2 wanted to refine this probe looked at GPS & Simon Simon: Means-End analysis is dependent on noting salient differences heuristic examination of the past leads to feelings of whether you are feeling warmercolder wrt goal Simon found evidence of ppl using this warmth heuristic & it was a good predictor of success this is a way to avoid combinatorial explosion FOW: Feeling of Warmth fine grained had subjects try to solve insight problems but every 10 seconds subjects have to provide warmth rating Result: 1. abrupt feeling of warmth rating right before solutions are found 2. strong feelings of warmth ratings actually predicted failure to solve the problem subjects satisficing rather than solving the problem: they try to turn it into simpler more familiar problem when high warmth is correlated with failure then the graph is incremental in nature, but when it is correlated with success then the graph is abrupt Study 3 Metcalfe & Wiebe 1987 2 sets of problems: insight + non-insight 2 specific predictions
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