Book Chapter

Duncker’s account of productive thinking: Exegesis and application of a problem-solving theory

JA Lawrence, AE Dodds

Thinking in Psychological Science: Ideas and Their Makers | Published : 2017


This chapter examines the lasting contribution of Duncker's approach by his original theorizing, giving close attention to his perspective on the problem situation as a whole unit of activity, involving: the givens of the situation, the person's solution and the productive thinking processes. It addresses how Duncker's emphases are relevant to contemporary discussions of the contextualization and situatedness of cognition, and relevant to discussions about the effectiveness of individualized cognitive processes. The chapter describes that Duncker provides an account of problem solving that can assist the psychological researcher to address some of the thorny problems that are encountered whe..

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