The cognitive map allows people to compute on the fly with limited information to solve abstract problems.
Knowing when your train of thought is off track is central to finding the correct answer while problem-solving.
Study provides a new framework for investigating and formalizing the cognitive processes behind how humans use tools.
Neuroimaging study sheds light on what drove the evolutionary development of human creativity.
Researchers have developed a new intervention program that promotes the learning of math to school-aged children. More than half the children who entered the ACE-ArithmEcole program were better able to solve complex math problems, compared to 29% who were not exposed to the new method.
Grandiose narcissists are significantly less likely to use critical thinking when it comes to important problem solving or decision making. While narcissists perceive themselves to be above average intelligence and strong critical thinkers, they are unable to use reflective thinking skills effectively. The high levels of confidence they have in their intellectual abilities are often misplaced.
Researchers argue humans did not evolve to be consistently happy but primarily survive and reproduce. Evolution, they say, placed an advantage on depression, preventing humans from engaging in risky or hopeless situations.
Our knowledge of the world has a critical impact on the ability to use mathematical reasoning, even for mathematicians. Findings reveal math professionals can be duped by some aspects of their knowledge about the world and fail to solve simple fifth-grade math problems.
Simply reminding children of the multiple roles they play in life, from a friend to sibling, can help improve flexible thinking and problem-solving abilities.