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