Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lessons from the Organization Behaviour Lecture-1

Few days back, one of our prof. conducted an activity called Luchins’ water-jug experiment. This activity is an example of what is called  Einstellung effect.

 I was really stunned by this activity and it was the first time, i was able to appreciate the theory fully convinced. This test is very simple and proves that our mind is biased by experience and exposure to approach the problems in certain fixed ways which restrict our creativity.

We have created perceptions of everything around us, always thinks based on our prior experience which is harming our novelty. It is equally important to unlearn things as learn. Same solution does not work in every case or it it works, it is not the optimum one. We should try to attempt every problem in an independent manner.

This test is available on the internet free of cost. I was flabbergasted after the activity is over and we are discussing its results. How this problem initially sets our thinking in particular direction and later makes us blind as we try all the other very simple problems in a similar fashion.

Same is the case with life. Sometimes, we find ourselves so occupied and stressed amidst this complexity of life that we always try our experiences and tested approaches to problems and fail to realize their simplicity. Our perceptions and judgements sometimes makes us blind and we "throw out the baby with the bath water."

5 comments:

Sarthak said...

Please post a link to some (free) version of the test!

Sarthak said...

Please post a link to some (free) version of the test!

Rachit Aggarwal said...

http://www.it.bton.ac.uk/staff/rng/teaching/notes/probsolvphenom.html

Check this link. YOu have to use the capacity of the jugs to make the desired output. Don't take more than 5 seconds for any of the 10 problems.

Sarthak said...

Thanks man!

I took the test. Didn't work for me; I guess that's because I'd already read about it here.

Rachit Aggarwal said...

I think that is because you are intelligent enough.

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