Emotional hint and effective problem solving



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.

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Keywords: emotional hint, problem solving, anagrams, activation

Journal rubric: Cognitive Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Valueva E.A., Mosinyan A.E., Lapteva E.M. Emotional hint and effective problem solving . Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2013. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 5–15. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Ekaterina A. Valueva, PhD in Psychology, Research Fellow, The Laboratory of the Psychology and Psychophysiology of Creativity, Institute of Psychology of RAS, Leading Research Fellow, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3637-287X, e-mail: ekval@list.ru

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

Ekaterina M. Lapteva, PhD in Psychology, Researcher, Laboratory for Psychology and Psychophysiology of Creativity, Institute of Psychology of RAS, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3051-6492, e-mail: ek.lapteva@gmail.com



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