"But out of limitations comes creativity.", Debbie Allen

Project Outcomes

Find a creativity technique
New creativity technique

Exercise 6: The Candle Problem

The Candle Problem is a classic test of creative problem solving developed by psychologist Karl Duncker in 1945. Subjects are given a candle, a box of thumbtacks, and a boxof matches, and asked to fix the lit candle to the wall so that it will not drip wax onto the table below.The test challenges functional fixedness, a cognitive bias that makes it difficult to use familiar objects in abnormal ways.

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