Have you tried 'brain breathing'? Structured thinking and problem construction

Hocking, I. and Vernon, D. (2015) Have you tried 'brain breathing'? Structured thinking and problem construction. In: BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Conference, 1st-3rd September, 2015, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

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Problem construction is one of the first steps in creative problem solving. We compared two active techniques with that of a placebo intervention and show a benefit in problem construction performance for the active techniques. The active techniques required participants to either utilise six questions (six men), or adopt six perspectives, incorporating a range of specific questions (six hats). In a fully between design, we had 118 participants trained on the techniques before asking them to restate a given problem in as many different ways as they could within an allotted time. The six men tool produced greater fluency, flexibility and originality relative to 'brain-breathing’ placebo and the six hats. The six hats tool led to the production of more original responses relative to the brain-breathing control group. Both six men and six hats tools benefited performance. These results underline that explicitly scaffolding thinking can benefit creative problem solving.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Ian Hocking
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2015 11:26
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 11:26
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13937

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