Broadly, I am interested in the way that pre-existing knowledge about tasks, objects, and tools can affect how individuals approach problems. The phenomenon in which prior knowledge precludes novel or innovative solutions is known as "fixation." I am interested in how situational factors (such as stress) as well as dispositional factors (such as inhibitory control) may influence the ability to overcome fixation and solve problems creatively.
Upper Level Cognitive Seminar and Lab
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
updated January 2013