The Influence of Experimental Conditions on the Subjective Assessment of Insightful Solution



This work is devoted to situational factors of experimental research influence on the insight assessment of problem solving. We considered such factors as the solution strategy (insightful, step-by-step), the form of problem presentation (visual, verbal), the solution independence (solution found by the participant or presented by the experimenter) and the solution speed (fast, slow). Understanding the impact of these factors on the insight assessment can contribute to both improving research practice and developing a unified theoretical model of insight and insightful solution. The studies included in this paper were carried out in various research approaches, with different materials, by different experimenters and under different experimental conditions. Danek and Wiley’s questionnaire was used for the insight assessment in all studies. According to the results, all the above situational factors have a significant impact on the differentiated subjective assessment of insightful solutions.

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Keywords: insight, problem solving, insightful solution, Aha! experience, subjective ratings

Journal rubric: Cognitive Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project number 20-78-00048,

Received: 07.04.2022


For citation: Lazareva N.Yu., Savinova A.D., Chistopolskaya A.V. The Influence of Experimental Conditions on the Subjective Assessment of Insightful Solution. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2023. Vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 23–42. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2023160102. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Natalia Y. Lazareva, Assistant of the Department of General Psychology, Researcher of Laboratory for Cognitive Research, Junior Researcher, P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University, Yaroslavl, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anna D. Savinova, PhD in Psychology, Researcher of Laboratory for Cognitive Research, P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University, Yaroslavl, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Aleksandra V. Chistopolskaya, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of General Psychology, P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University, Yaroslavl, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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