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ERIC Number: EJ931877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Aha! Voila! Eureka! Bilingualism and Insightful Problem Solving
Cushen, Patrick J.; Wiley, Jennifer
Learning and Individual Differences, v21 n4 p458-462 Aug 2011
What makes a person able to solve problems creatively? One interesting factor that may contribute is experience with multiple languages from an early age. Bilingual individuals who acquire two languages by the age of 6 have been shown to demonstrate superior performance on a number of thinking tasks that require flexibility. However, bilingual advantages have yet to be identified particularly on insight problems that are used as a model of creative problem solving following initial impasse. As such, the goal of the present study was to investigate the influence of language experience on problem solving performance on a matched set of insight and non-insight problems. Results demonstrate an interaction between type of problem (insight versus non-insight) and language status. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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