Functional Fixedness

By Renée Grinnell

A form of cognitive bias in which a person is unable to think of other, more creative uses for an object aside from its traditional use.

Example: Whenever you devise a new use for an object, such as using a heavy object as a makeshift hammer, you are avoiding falling into the trap of functional fixedness.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 6 Jan 2009

 

 
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