ERIC Number: EJ779556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Discovery Misattribution: When Solving Is Confused with Remembering
Dougal, Sonya; Schooler, Jonathan W.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, v136 n4 p577-592 Nov 2007
This study explored the discovery misattribution hypothesis, which posits that the experience of solving an insight problem can be confused with recognition. In Experiment 1, solutions to successfully solved anagrams were more likely to be judged as old on a recognition test than were solutions to unsolved anagrams regardless of whether they had been studied. Experiment 2 demonstrated that anagram solving can increase the proportion of "old" judgments relative to words presented outright. Experiment 3 revealed that under certain conditions, solving anagrams influences the proportion of "old" judgments to unrelated items immediately following the solved item. In Experiment 4, the effect of solving was reduced by the introduction of a delay between solving the anagrams and the recognition judgments. Finally, Experiments 5 and 6 demonstrated that anagram solving leads to an illusion of recollection.
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