Investigating Insight Using Compound Remote Associate Problems


Many new problems and paradigms have been developed to answer questions pertaining to insight problem solving. One problem type that may be useful to the study of insight is the Compound Remote Associate (CRA) problem, developed by Bowden & Jung-Beeman (2003). However, it is uncertain to what extent CRA problems are insight problems. We performed a protocol analysis of people solving CRA problems and found that CRA do exhibit some characteristics of insight. However, certain considerations should be taken into account. Particularly, problems solved when the solution is the first thing considered are often judged to be insight by participants, but these problems do not exhibit any characteristics of insight aside from the ‘Aha’ experience.

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