The Nature of Insight / Edition 1

The Nature of Insight / Edition 1

by Janet E. Davidson
     
 

The Nature of Insight brings together diverse perspectives, including recent theories and discoveries, to examine the nature and origins of insightful thinking, as well as the history of theory and research on the topic and the methods used to study it. There are chapters by the leading experts in this field, including Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ronald Finke,

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The Nature of Insight brings together diverse perspectives, including recent theories and discoveries, to examine the nature and origins of insightful thinking, as well as the history of theory and research on the topic and the methods used to study it. There are chapters by the leading experts in this field, including Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ronald Finke, Howard Gruber, Marcel
Just, David Meyer, David Perkins, Dean Simonton, and Robert Weisberg, among others.

The Nature of Insight is divided into five main parts. Following an introduction that reviews the history and methods of the field, part II looks at how people solve challenging puzzles whose answers cannot be obtained through ordinary means. Part III focuses on how people come up with ideas for new inventions, while part IV explores the thinking of some of the most insightful people in the history of civilization. Part V considers metaphors such as evolution and investment as bases for understanding insight. An epilogue integrates all these approaches.

Contributors: R.E. Mayer, R.L.
Dominowski and P. Dallob. C.M. Seifert, D.E. Meyer, N. Davidson, A.J. Patalano, and
I. Yaniv. J.E. Davidson. R.W. Weisberg. M.L. Gick and R.S. Lockhart. S.M. Smith.
R.A. Finke. M.I. Isaak and M.A. Just. M. Csikszentmihalyi and K. Sawyer. K. Dunbar.
H.E. Gruber. M.F. Ippolito and R.D. Tweney. D.K. Simonton. D.N. Perkins. R.J.
Sternberg and T.I. Lubart.

A Bradford
Book

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262691871
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
638
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1The Search for Insight: Grappling with Gestalt Psychology's Unanswered Questions3
2Insight and Problem Solving33
3Demystification of Cognitive Insight: Opportunistic Assimilation and the Prepared-Mind Perspective65
4The Suddenness of Insight125
5Prolegomena to Theories of Insight in Problem Solving: A Taxonomy of Problems157
6Cognitive and Affective Components of Insight197
7Getting Into and Out of Mental Ruts: A Theory of Fixation, Incubation, and Insight229
8Creative Insight and Preinventive Forms255
9Constraints on Thinking in Insight and Invention281
10Creative Insight: The Social Dimension of a Solitary Moment329
11How Scientists Really Reason: Scientific Reasoning in Real-World Laboratories365
12Insight and Affect in the History of Science397
13The Inception of Insight433
14Foresight in Insight? A Darwinian Answer465
15Insight in Minds and Genes495
16An Investment Perspective on Creative Insight535
Epilogue: Putting Insight into Perspective559
Contributors589
Author Index591
Subject Index601

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