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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2072-7593

ISSN (online): 2311-7036


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Emotional hint and effective problem solving 2041

Valueva E.A.
PhD in Psychology, Research Fellow, The Laboratory of the Psychology and Psychophysiology of Creativity, Institute of Psychology of RAS, Moscow, Russia

Mosinyan A.E.
Graduate of the State Academic University of the Humanitarian Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Lapteva E.M.
PhD in Psychology, Researcher, Laboratory for Psychology and Psychophysiology of Creativity, Institute of Psychology of RAS, Moscow, Russia

The phenomenon of emotional hint is introduced as a brief emotional cue presented during problem solving which resembles insight aha-experience. The results of experiment showed that emotional hint increased the probability of correct anagram solving. Three alternative hypotheses are proposed to explain underlying mechanisms – emotion as information hypothesis, activation hypothesis and shifting to intuitive mode of thinking hypothesis, and their possible experimental verification designs are discussed.

Keywords: emotional hint, problem solving, anagrams, activation

Column: Cognitive Psychology

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