Gaining Insight Into the “Aha” Experience

@article{Topolinski2010GainingII,
  title={Gaining Insight Into the “Aha” Experience},
  author={Sascha Topolinski and Rolf Reber},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={19},
  pages={402 - 405}
}
The literature on insight lists four main characteristics of this experience: (a) suddenness (the experience is surprising and immediate), ease (the solution is processed without difficulty), positive affect (insights are gratifying), and the feeling of being right (after an insight, problem solvers judge the solution as being true and have confidence in this judgment). Although this phenomenology is well known, no theory has explained why insight feels the way it does. We propose a fluency… 

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