Tags

Type your tag names separated by a space and hit enter

Thinking can cause forgetting: memory dynamics in creative problem solving.
J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 2011; 37(5):1287-93JE

Abstract

Research on retrieval-induced forgetting has shown that retrieval can cause the forgetting of related or competing items in memory (Anderson, Bjork, & Bjork, 1994). In the present research, we examined whether an analogous phenomenon occurs in the context of creative problem solving. Using the Remote Associates Test (RAT; Mednick, 1962), we found that attempting to generate a novel common associate to 3 cue words caused the forgetting of other strong associates related to those cue words. This problem-solving-induced forgetting effect occurred even when participants failed to generate a viable solution, increased in magnitude when participants spent additional time problem solving, and was positively correlated with problem-solving success on a separate set of RAT problems. These results implicate a role for forgetting in overcoming fixation in creative problem solving.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1007 West Harrison Street (MC 285), Chicago, IL 60607-7137, USA. bstorm@uic.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21707211

Citation

Storm, Benjamin C., et al. "Thinking Can Cause Forgetting: Memory Dynamics in Creative Problem Solving." Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition, vol. 37, no. 5, 2011, pp. 1287-93.
Storm BC, Angello G, Bjork EL. Thinking can cause forgetting: memory dynamics in creative problem solving. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2011;37(5):1287-93.
Storm, B. C., Angello, G., & Bjork, E. L. (2011). Thinking can cause forgetting: memory dynamics in creative problem solving. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37(5), pp. 1287-93. doi:10.1037/a0023921.
Storm BC, Angello G, Bjork EL. Thinking Can Cause Forgetting: Memory Dynamics in Creative Problem Solving. J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 2011;37(5):1287-93. PubMed PMID: 21707211.
* Article titles in AMA citation format should be in sentence-case
TY - JOUR T1 - Thinking can cause forgetting: memory dynamics in creative problem solving. AU - Storm,Benjamin C, AU - Angello,Genna, AU - Bjork,Elizabeth Ligon, PY - 2011/6/29/entrez PY - 2011/6/29/pubmed PY - 2012/1/17/medline SP - 1287 EP - 93 JF - Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition JO - J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn VL - 37 IS - 5 N2 - Research on retrieval-induced forgetting has shown that retrieval can cause the forgetting of related or competing items in memory (Anderson, Bjork, & Bjork, 1994). In the present research, we examined whether an analogous phenomenon occurs in the context of creative problem solving. Using the Remote Associates Test (RAT; Mednick, 1962), we found that attempting to generate a novel common associate to 3 cue words caused the forgetting of other strong associates related to those cue words. This problem-solving-induced forgetting effect occurred even when participants failed to generate a viable solution, increased in magnitude when participants spent additional time problem solving, and was positively correlated with problem-solving success on a separate set of RAT problems. These results implicate a role for forgetting in overcoming fixation in creative problem solving. SN - 1939-1285 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21707211/Thinking_can_cause_forgetting:_memory_dynamics_in_creative_problem_solving_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/xlm/37/5/1287 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -