The effect of gamma brainwave entrainment on insight and non-insight problem solving

Student, A. (2014) The effect of gamma brainwave entrainment on insight and non-insight problem solving. UNSPECIFIED thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Many studies have found gamma-band activity to be associated with insight but not non-insight problem solving. Additionally, research has found gamma brainwave entrainment (BWE) to facilitate insight problem solving. The current study investigated the differing effect of gamma BWE on insight and non-insight problem solving. The sample consisted of 60 participants (M = 20; F = 40); the mean age was 23.13 years (SD = 6.87) with a range of 18-50 years. Participants were randomly assigned to one of 4 conditions; gamma (40Hz) BWE and insight problems; control and insight problems; gamma (40Hz) BWE and non-insight problems; and control and non-insight problems. Insight problems consisted of 40 compound remote associate tasks and non-insight problems consisted of 40 single-solution 5 letter anagrams. The results found that gamma BWE did not significantly improve participants’ response accuracy for insight problem solving. However, gamma BWE did significantly improve male participants problem solving regardless of problem type. The implications of the study and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis
Keywords: BF Psychology
Members: University of Chichester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:00
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/11732

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