Neural basis of thinking: Laboratory problems versus real-world problems

Vinod Goel

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Cognitive psychologists have long argued about the reality and significance of the distinction between well-structured and ill-structured problems. Laboratory problems are usually well-structured, whereas real-world problems have both well-structured and ill-structured components. This article shows how the neuropsychological data reinforce this distinction and suggests how this distinction may help to explain a puzzle about discontinuous performance of some neurological patients in laboratory and real-world problem situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-621
Number of pages9
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)


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