Is Insight Always the Same? An fMRI Study of Insight


Prior neuroimaging studies of insight problem solving using Compound Remote Associate (CRA) problems provide consistent results. However, in a prior study (Cranford & Moss, 2010), we found that participants derive solutions by insight in at least two different ways. In the present study, we attempted to extend upon prior studies by dividing insight solutions into two categories: immediate and delayed. The results show a large difference between the pattern of activation for immediate-insight solutions and delayed-insight solutions. Future research may benefit from distinguishing between types of insight in CRA problem solving.

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