The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #31/2008

Aha! Experiences

Bharath Sriraman
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Montana


This chapter examines the role of aha! experiences in the discovery process from the point of view of historical literature on the topic, as well as from the literature in Gestalt and modern psychology.

Keywords: Problem solving; Gestalt psychology and creativity; General creativity; Mathematical creativity

AMS Subject Classification: 97

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Preprint of chapter to appear in B. Kerr (Ed). Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent. Sage Publications