Book Chapter

Working memory in insight problem solving

K Gilhooly, ME Webb

Insight: On the Origins of New Ideas | Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2019

Abstract

The ‘business as usual’ approach to insight problem solving suggests that working memory processes would have a prominent role in solving insight problems, as they do in non-insight (incrementally solvable) problems. The alternate ‘special process’ view would be compatible with a reduced role for working memory processes and postulates a large role for unconscious processes not limited by working memory capacity. This chapter systematically reviews available studies to assess their implications for working memory functions in insight problem solving. Results indicate that working memory has a somewhat lesser role in insight compared to non-insight problems, which is consistent with a role fo..

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