Human Nonadversary Problem Solving

  • Richard E. Mayer


The purpose of this chapter is to examine briefly the nature of human nonadversary problem solving. A related purpose is to determine how an information-processing model of problem solving—inspired by and implemented on computers—can serve as the basis for a theory of human problem solving. The chapter consists of three parts: an introduction, which defines key terms and concepts in human nonadversary problem solving; a body, which explores six major characteristics of human nonadversary problem solving; and a conclusion, which summarizes the implications for a theory of human problem solving.


Goal State Problem Solver Routine Problem Representational Process Triangle Problem 


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  • Richard E. Mayer
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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