The course of lectures by cognitive psychologist Michael Öllinger

46ff3fc0288e09a7c60fc5be5a0a6cfb.jpgOn October 18 and 19 at the Institute for Social Sciences of the RANEPA will be held a few lectures by the famous cognitive psychologist Michael Öllinger , one of the modern leaders in the field of research on the cognitive mechanisms of insight. Lectures will be held in English and will be accompanied by a summary translation.

October 18, "Thinking, problem solving, and insight"

Currently, one of the most relevant areas in the psychology of thinking is the study of the phenomenon of insight (or insight) and the cognitive mechanisms underlying it. Today, there are two main competing models explaining the nature of involuntary and unexpected solutions to mental problems, often accompanied by a violent emotional “Aha” experience:

- representational change theory
- Theory of progress control (criterion for satisfactory progress theory).

The first one assumes that insight is the moment to overcome the impasse in solving the problem by restructuring the original representation through special mechanisms (recoding, decomposition of chunks, weakening restrictions, etc.). The second model assumes that the phenomenon of insight is the discovery of that part of the task space that plays a key role in solving the problem, but was not initially available to the solver. Such detection is possible by switching between different heuristic strategies during the solution. The presentation will describe the research that confronts these two theories on the material for solving various mental problems.

October 19 Neurocognitive models of insight problem solving

What happens in the brain when we think? Are there sustainable neurocorrelates of mental activity? Although numerous studies in the field of neuroscience have expanded our understanding of the processes occurring in the brain while recalling words or distinguishing color stimuli, we still know very little about the neurocorrelates of thinking. What neurophysiological processes are necessary in order to compare two objects, solve a simple categorical syllogism, and make a conclusion about the potential cause of the observed phenomenon? And finally, what happens in the brain of a person who has insight? The presentation will provide a brief overview of how thinking can be explored (and in particular insight) using neuroimaging techniques and which explanatory models already exist in this area.

Time: October 18 and 19, beginning at 18:00

Location: RANEPA, Prechistenskaya Embankment, 11, Building 2,
October 18 - room 205
October 19 - room 034

If you do not have a pass for RANEPA Guarding system to attend lectures, please write your full name to Victoria Panina at
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