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Representational Issues in Human Problem Solving




Together with most activities that are commonly being referred to as “higher cognition”, human problem solving is generally considered to be a “representation-hungry” activity, i.e. an activity which appears to be difficult to explain without presupposing the problem solver possessing a “mental representation” of the problem in question. In this course, we aim to address the philosophical debates regarding the concept of representation not directly, but by looking at the psychology of human problem solving as an exemplary case. We will look at historical and contemporary psychological research and theories and critically examine their claims and results.

Some of the questions we will address: Are all problems akin to the well-defined puzzle tasks of the psychological laboratory? What roles do insight and intuition play compared to analytical thinking? How do we construct analogies between seemingly unrelated problems? Does the inclusion of interaction with the environment change the problem-solving process fundamentally, or is it mainly a memory aid?

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Ort: nicht angegeben
Zeiten: Mi. 10:00 - 12:00 (wöchentlich), Termine am Mittwoch, 21.07.2021, Mittwoch, 04.08.2021 12:00 - 14:00
Erster Termin: Mittwoch, 05.05.2021 10:00 - 12:00
Veranstaltungsart: Seminar (Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen)


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