The Psychology Of Problem Solving

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January 10th, 2016 Nicole Zaccardi Annotated Bibliography- Problem Solving The Psychology of Problem Solving Problem solving; a cognitive process that involves identifying, thinking about, and solving issues presented to us. The main goal of problem solving is to overcome our everyday obstacles and to find a solution that resolves the issue in the best way possible. Cherry, K., Problem-Solving Strategies and Obstacles, Psychology.com, Problem Solving Strategies. Problems are issues that can range from something like solving a small problem, to solving a very large problem, like having to plan your entire future. The term refers to the mental process that people go through to discover, analyze, and solve their problems. Their arguments in this article, include how before problem-solving can occur, it is important to understand the nature of the problem. They describe algorithms, a step-by-step process that will almost always create a correct solution. While an algorithm usually guarantees an accurate answer, it is not always the best approach to problem solving. This strategy is not always ideal for many situations because it is time consuming. They describe a heuristic, is a strategy that may or may not work in some situations. Unlike algorithms, heuristics do not always guarantee a correct solution. However, using this problem-solving strategy allows people to simplify more difficult problems and make smaller the total number of possible solutions. A trial-and-error
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