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DEGREES OF INSIGHT
Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
1972 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Psychology
Volume 63, Issue 2, pages 205–212, May 1972
How to Cite
GOODWIN, R. Q. and WASON, P. C. (1972), DEGREES OF INSIGHT. British Journal of Psychology, 63: 205–212. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1972.tb02101.x
- Issue published online: 13 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 13 APR 2011
- Manuscript received 4 December 1970; revised manuscript received 26 May 1971
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This experiment investigated performance on a reasoning task in which the subjects had to say which of four half-hidden cards they needed to see fully in order to determine the truth or falsity of a conditional sentence. In one experimental condition examples of each of the four types of card were fully displayed to remove any difficulty due to limitation of memory or imagery. No more correct solutions were obtained under this condition than under a control condition in which no such aid was given. After they had made their selections all subjects wrote down their reasons for them. Analysis of the different selections, and the reasons given for them, corroborated a previously proposed information-processing model, postulated to explain the cognitive processes involved in tasks of this type.