Working memory and insight in the nine-dot problem.

  title={Working memory and insight in the nine-dot problem.},
  author={Jason M. Chein and Robert W. Weisberg and Naomi L Streeter and Shaleigh Kwok},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  volume={38 7},
In the present article, we examine the contribution of working memory (WM) to solution of the nine-dot problem, a classic insight problem. Prior research has generally demonstrated a limited role for WM in the solution of insight problems, which are typically assumed to be solved without conscious planning. However, MacGregor, Ormerod, and Chronicle (2001) proposed an information-processing model that solves the nine-dot problem by relying on a visual WM mechanism, which they term lookahead. In… CONTINUE READING
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