Complex Problem Solving

Funke, Dr. Joachim (2012) Complex Problem Solving. [Book Chapter]

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Complex problem solving takes place for reducing the barrier between a given start state and an intended goal state with the help of cognitive activities and behavior. Start state, intended goal state, and barriers prove complexity, change dynamically over time, and can be partially intransparent. In contrast to solving simple problems, with complex problems at the beginning of a problem solution the exact features of the start state, of the intended goal state, and of the barriers are unknown. Complex problem solving expects the effi- cient interaction between the problem-solving person and situational conditions that depend on the task. It demands the use of cognitive, emotional, and social resources as well as knowledge.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:complex problem solving
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
ID Code:9045
Deposited By: Funke, Dr. Joachim
Deposited On:17 Sep 2013 14:34
Last Modified:17 Sep 2013 14:34

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