His teaching and research have been on the cognitive psychology of problem solving. His previous books on problem solving and on aspects of thinking were an attempt to bridge the gap between the discussion of human problem solving and thinking that appear in undergraduate textbooks on cognitive psychology and the more advanced edited books and monographs on the subject which are often aimed at a postgraduate academic market.
The current second edition of Problem Solving is an extensive updating of the first edition with new sections on the history of research in problem solving, creative problem solving and the neuroscience of problem solving.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Analogical and textbook problem solving