Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 13 June 2010

Ineffability of Insight III

Schooler & Melcher[1995]. Ineffability of Insight, pp 97-133 in The Creative Cognitive Approach, Smith et al – Editors

A Comparison of Insight and Analytic Problem Solving Protocols

Note here mostly because this is when I had the thought – There is something notable about the rational involved with putting a stop to all kinds of input [even personal reading] and then immersion in the process in order to make progress on the larger general ‘problem’ of creating an original [and good] piece of artwork

  • p109: “even if the process … [are] nonreportable, … may be able to see by-products of these processes in the subjects’ self reports.”
    • analytic problems involve a series of incremental arguments, each building on the previous until ultimately a solution is reached.
    • insight problems, in contrast, elicit an impasse whe subject are unaware of making any progress as they struggle to determine the right approach to tackling the problem.
      • Note: should find the section of the ‘process for a phenomenological approach’ where I write about the ‘problem’ of representing “The Zone”  and how the resolution presented itself suddenly.
      • Note 2: post the response to Chalmers or at least the part about representation|simulation.
  • So the hypothesis is “that nonreportable memory and perceptual processes provide a new view of the problem that leads to sudden solutions.”
    • which makes “specific predictions about the differences between the two sets of protocols.”
      • Insight ‘expected to contain more metacognition.’

Method/Coding Scheme

  • “Think aloud protocol” – will need to refer to paper for these tables/figures.

 Definitions for Metacognition Categories

  • Impasse: Subject specifically states that he or she is unable to make further progress.
  • Strategy Description: Subject states what strategy he or she was using or had tried to use.
  • Perspective Shift: Subject explicitly notes that he or she is exploring a different approach.
  • Nonreportability: Subject states that it is difficult or impossible to verbalize what he or she is thinking. 
  • Competence: Subject evaluates his orher ability to solve (or not solve) the problem.
  • Other: Otherwise unclassifiable metacognitions.


Sleepy… a demain pour continuer.


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