Effects of Frustration on Noninsight and Insight Problem Solving
Weishuhn, Amanda S.
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The present study investigated the effects of experimentally induced frustration on noninsight and insight problem solving to clarify whether the study of affective states can help resolve the distinction between insight and noninsight problem solving. Twenty-five college students were tested using a within subjects design on noninsight and insight problems while both frustrated and unfrustrated. Mood ratings were taken using a self-rating mood inventory before and after testing to ensure that frustration was successfully induced. Results showed that frustration did not significantly effect the solution rates of noninsight or insight problems. However, there were significant differences found in the time needed to solve a problem. These data provide some evidence for the existence of a distinction between these two types of problem solving, however more research is needed to draw more convincing conclusions on this debate.