Functional fixedness is a bias where we can only think of a narrow set of functions for a tool. A knife is made to cut things. A cotton swab is for cleaning your ears.
It is ...
Karl Duncker first described functional fixedness in 1945.
In a study, participants were given a candle, a box of tacks and a book of matches. Participants were challenged t...
Studies suggest that it's possible to teach your brain to move away from functional fixedness and embrace creative thinking.
When faced with a task or problem at work, try stepping away from ...
A step away from functional fixedness is to break a problem into its basic components. Instead of focusing on the details, only focus on the essential elements. When the problem is...
When you approach a task in a new way, it's easy to judge unusual ideas harshly and reject them.
Be open to new perspectives instead of limiting your options. At first, you s...
A different industry in another sector could have a simple solution to your issue that you have not thought of due to function fixedness.
Explore adjacent industries for creative solu...
Crowdsourcing is an excellent way to get the support of external participants to find solutions.
For example, LEGO encourages fans to submit their own ideas instead of only relying on in-hous...
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