Functional Fixedness in Psychology: Definition & Examples


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Faulty thinking that results from taking mental shortcuts is called a:

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1. The inability to use an object in a way other than the way it is commonly used is called:

2. A specific way of looking at a problem is called a:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you want to pass this quiz, you'll need a firm understanding of what functional fixedness is and how it can be overcome. You'll also need to define related vocabulary terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Show what you know about the following:

  • The term for faulty thinking due to mental shortcuts
  • The term for being unable to use an object in an uncommon way
  • The term for a specific way of viewing a problem
  • Methods of overcoming functional fixedness
  • The type of training that helps people consider the basic parts of a problem

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms related to this psychology concept
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on functional fixedness in psychology
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding effective methods for combating functional fixedness and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Review the corresponding lesson titled Functional Fixedness in Psychology: Definition & Examples for further details. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define 'heuristics'
  • Understand the concept of cognitive bias
  • Examine an example of functional fixedness that involves needing to tighten a screw without a screwdriver