ERIC Number: EJ1088910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Quantifying the Qualitative: Measuring the Insight Experience
Jarman, Matthew S.
Creativity Research Journal, v26 n3 p276-288 2014
No scales currently exist that measure variability in the insight experience. Two scales were created to measure two factors hypothesized to be key drivers of the insight experience: insight radicality (i.e., perceived deviation between previous and new problem representations) and restructuring experience (i.e., the subjective experience of the problem representation being restructured). Data were collected online in two studies using a Mechanical Turk sample (N = 212) and a Zoomerang sample (N = 168) that reported on past experiences working to solve a challenging problem at work. Insight radicality and restructuring experience each positively correlated with and accounted for unique variance in (a) the nature of insight experiences (e.g., intensity), (b) insight terminology used to describe them (e.g., "a breakthrough"), and (c) perceived insight impact (e.g., on field/discipline). The 2 scales accounted for unique variance in these variables both individually and above and beyond improved processing fluency from the insight. The new scales offer a means of establishing the generalizability of experimental findings to insights in natural settings and of more precisely characterizing insight experiences across both experimental and natural settings.
Descriptors: Correlation, Problem Solving, Phenomenology, Measures (Individuals), Sample Size, Data Collection, Vocabulary, Regression (Statistics), Predictor Variables, Multiple Regression Analysis, Qualitative Research, Hypothesis Testing, Factor Analysis
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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