Can observing a Necker cube make you more insightful?

Laukkonen, Ruben E. and Tangen, Jason M. (2017) Can observing a Necker cube make you more insightful?. Consciousness and Cognition, 48 198-211. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2016.11.011


Author Laukkonen, Ruben E.
Tangen, Jason M.
Title Can observing a Necker cube make you more insightful?
Journal name Consciousness and Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1090-2376
1053-8100
Publication date 2017-02-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.concog.2016.11.011
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 48
Start page 198
End page 211
Total pages 14
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
It is a compelling idea that an image as simple as a Necker cube, or a duck-rabbit illusion, can reveal something about a person's creativity. Surprisingly, there are now multiple examples showing that people who are better at discovering ‘hidden’ images in a picture, are also better at solving some creative problems. Although this idea goes back at least a century, little is known about how these two tasks—that seem so different on the surface—are related to each other. At least some forms of creativity (and indeed scientific discoveries) may require that we change our perspectives in order to discover a novel solution to a problem. It's possible that such problems involve a similar cognitive process, and perhaps the same cognitive capacities, as switching perspectives in an ambiguous image. We begin by replicating previous work, and also show metacognitive similarities between the sudden appearance of hidden images in consciousness, and the sudden appearance of solutions to verbal insight problems. We then show that simply observing a Necker cube can improve subsequent creative problem-solving and lead to more self-reported insights. We speculate that these results may in part be explained by Conflict Monitoring Theory.
Keyword Bistable images
Conflict monitoring
Insight
Problem-solving
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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