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Functional Fixedness

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.

Functional Fixedness
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2016). Functional Fixedness. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 19, 2018, from