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Demystification of cognitive insight: Opportunistic assimilation and the prepared-mind hypothesis

Colleen M. Seifert, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
David E. Meyer, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Natalie Davidson, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Andrea L. Patalano, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Ilan Yaniv, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Abstract

Definition of insight / alternative perspectives on insight [the business-as-usual perspective, the Wizard Merlin perspective, the prepared-mind perspective] / past studies of the preparation phase / past studies of the incubation phase / expansion of the prepared-mind perspective / studies of impasses and opportunistic assimilation / toward an information-processing model of insight.

Suggested Citation

Seifert, C. M., Meyer, D. E., Davidson, N., Patalano, A. L., & Yaniv, I. (1994). Demystification of cognitive insight: Opportunistic assimilation and the prepared-mind hypothesis. In R. Sternberg, & J. Davidson (Eds.), The nature of insight (pp. 65-124). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.