Immunity to functional fixedness in young children.

  title={Immunity to functional fixedness in young children.},
  author={Tamsin German and Margaret Anne Defeyter},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  volume={7 4},
In the candle problem (Duncker, 1945), subjects must attach a candle to a vertical surface, using only a box of tacks and a book of matches. Subjects exhibit functional fixedness by failing, or being slow, to make use of one object (the tack box) as a support, rather than as a container, in their solutions. This failure to produce alternate functions is measured against improved performance when the tack box is presented empty rather than full of tacks (i.e., not preutilized as a container… CONTINUE READING