‘Insight’ in the pigeon: antecedents and determinants of an intelligent performance

  title={‘Insight’ in the pigeon: antecedents and determinants of an intelligent performance},
  author={Robert Epstein and C. E. Kirshnit and Robert P. Lanza and Lewis Rubin},
In 1917 Wolfgang Köhler reported some rather extraordinary instances of problem solving by a number of chimpanzees1, and his observations have been the subject of controversy ever since2,3. The period of quiescence that sometimes preceded the solution, its sudden onset, and its smooth, continuous emergence were proffered as evidence that (1) contrary to suggestions of learning theorists of the day, problem solving was not necessarily a trial-and-error process, and (2) constructs such as… CONTINUE READING
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