The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2014 inaugural TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology. Applications are encouraged from internationally recognized scholars from psychology or closely related fields who have shown creativity and rigor in their approach and whose record of achievement has left an indelible mark on the field. The recipient will be awarded a cash prize of $100,000 CAD at a ceremony held on the University of Toronto campus on November 12, 2014. For more information on this award, please visit the prize website.
People solve problems — ranging from enjoyable challenges to tedious, mundane dilemmas — every day. Psychological scientists have examined the techniques people use to work through these obstacles, but there is still more to be learned about our problem-solving processes. Researchers Ngar Yin Louis Lee and APS William James Fellow Philip N. Johnson-Laird conducted three experiments, recently published in the Journal of Cognitive Psychology, which aimed to shed some light on how we deal with certain types of challenges. Using a series of matchstick problems, the psychological scientists found that participants go through different stages of problem solving — and experiment with different approaches during each stage. More>>