Learning psychology from riddles: The case of stumpers
Tom Noah and
Discussion Paper Series from The Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Riddles can teach us psychology when we stop to consider the psychological principles that make them “work”. This paper studies a particular class of riddles that we call stumpers, and provides analysis of the various principles (some familiar, some novel) that inhibit most people from finding the correct solution – or any solution – even though they find the answers obvious ex post. We restrict our analysis to four stumpers, propose the psychological antecedents of each, and provide experimental support for our conjectures
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