Natural and contrived experience in a reasoning problem

@article{Wason1971NaturalAC,
  title={Natural and contrived experience in a reasoning problem},
  author={P. Wason and D. Shapiro},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology},
  year={1971},
  volume={23},
  pages={63 - 71}
}
This study is concerned with the effects of prior experience on a deceptive reasoning problem. In the first experiment the subjects (students) were presented with the problem after they had experienced its logical structure. This experience was, on the whole, ineffective in allowing subsequent insight to be gained into the problem. In the second experiment the problem was presented in “thematic” form to one group, and in abstract form to the other group. Ten out of 16 subjects solved it in the… Expand

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