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Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Announces Request for Proposals

The Indiana University (IU) Lilly Family School of Philanthropy announces the launch of a competitive regranting program, “Generosity for Life: The Science and Imagination of Living Generously,” to expand knowledge […]... More>

Problem Solving in a Doggy Age

Now, seek the obscure to solve your problems

Stumped by a Problem? This Technique Unsticks You

Stuck solving a problem? Seek the obscure, says Tony McCaffrey, a psychology PhD from the University of Massachusetts. “There’s a classic obstacle to innovation called ‘functional fixedness,’ which is the tendency to fixate on the common use of an object or its parts. It hinders people from solving problems.” McCaffrey has developed a systematic way of overcoming that obstacle: the “generic parts technique” (GPT), which he describes in the latest issue of Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science. The article also reports on McCaffrey’s test of GPT’s effectiveness. Its results: People trained in GPT solved eight problems 67 percent more often than those who weren’t trained, and the first group solved them more than 8 times out of 10. ... More>