Problem finding

Roni Reiter-Palmon, Vignesh R. Murugavel

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Problem finding is viewed as the first process in creative problem solving. Problem finding includes the anticipation of problems, identifying problems that have yet to be recognized, and structuring an ill-defined problem such that problem solving efforts can proceed. The quality and originality exhibited during problem finding were linked to increased creativity. Active engagement in problem finding and motivation were also associated with increased creativity. Furthermore, situational factors influence problem finding. Ill-defined problems and those that are generated by the problem solver result in a greater need for problem finding. Finally, issues related to problem finding in teams are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Cognitive processes
  • Creative problem solving
  • Ill-defined problems
  • Measurement
  • Motivation
  • Personality
  • Problem construction
  • Problem finding
  • Teams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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