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Increased practice with 'set'problems hinders performance on the water jar task

  title={Increased practice with 'set'problems hinders performance on the water jar task},
  author={Noelle M. Crooks and Nicole M. McNeil and Niels Anne Taatgen and Hedderik van Rijn},
Luchins’s (1942) classic Einstellung (mental set) phenomenon has been demonstrated across a wide variety of samples and problem solving tasks. However, it is unclear how increased practice with the initial “set” affects subsequent performance. Although Luchins anecdotally reported no effect of increased practice with set problems, current theories would suggest otherwise. In this study, we varied the number of set problems (0, 1, 5, 10, 20, 40) in the water jar task and examined the effects on… 

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