Avoiding the Einstellung Effect

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  • Einstellung (German: approach / prior belief)
  • When faced with a problem, the brain works according to familiar patterns (avoiding Combinatorial explosion)
  • I.e. When I think I know the answer, my vision tunnels. I’m a hammer, so the problem is surely a nail.
  • When the actual solution is beyond this immediate response, a helpful approach is to assume the ‘first answer the brain comes up with’ isn’t possible
  • The result will be an opening of further possibility (the search space expands for new solutions to be found)
  • This appears to be a key element of creative thinking