Learning Objectives

  • Define thinking, well-defined problems, and ill-defined problems
  • Apply general, domain-independent techniques to classic problems
  • Describe factors that impede problem solving
  • Compare the differences between solving problems as a novice and as a subject matter expert
  • Explain how the problem space hypothesis is used in problem solving
  • Discuss the creation of expert systems and provide an example of such a system
  • Analyze how unconscious processing and everyday mechanisms can explain creative insight
  • Summarize various studies that demonstrate use of critical thinking