Strategies used by individuals to investigate a simple problem were compared for effectiveness. Eighty psychology students from the University of Northern Iowa investigated a small (videocassette) box containing moving objects and fixed barriers by manipulating it. Subjects were randomly assigned to one of four groups: those who generated a solution with no special aid (control); those who were instructed on using a systematic approach to solving the problem (systematic group); those who received a multiple choice aid, either before (pre-investigative multiple choice group) or after (post-investigative multiple choice group) achieving a solution. Subjects were instructed to draw a map or layout of the box's contents. Results indicated the experimental manipulations had a weak effect on strategies used or level of correctness. Typically subjects used a pragmatic strategy to solve the problem.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Walters, G. Scott; Abels, Sara; Blalock, Laura; Clark, Kristin; Pierce, Angie; Rouse, Jenny; Sims, Kristina; and Yates, Jack
"Improving Strategies for Solving the Black Box Problem,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 4:
1, Article 29.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol4/iss1/29