Methods for investigating the neural components of insight

Edward M. Bowden*, Mark Jung-Beeman

*Corresponding author for this work

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The authors describe how they have used visual-hemifield and event-related neuroimaging approaches to study their theory specifying some of the neural components of insight. A set of problems developed by the authors, and the use of solvers' self reports of insight, are presented to argue that advances in our understanding of insight are being unnecessarily stifled by over reliance on traditional insight problems and a widespread failure to determine whether insight has occurred on a solution-by-solution basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-99
Number of pages13
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2007


  • Insight
  • Neural components
  • Neuroimaging
  • Problem solving
  • Remote associate problems
  • Right hemisphere
  • Self report
  • Visual hemifield
  • fMRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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