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Investigation on the Aha-Experience as an Indicator of Correct Solutions in Functional Analysis in Engineering Design

Zimmerer, Christoph; Nelius, Thomas ORCID iD icon; Matthiesen, Sven


The functional analysis of technical systems is an important part of the design process. To further improve the design process, especially the functional analysis, it must not be viewed as a monodisciplinary process. To this end, cognitive factors such as the aha-experience must also be included in studies of analysis processes to a greater extent. This paper investigates the relationship between the occurrence of aha-experiences and the correctness of solutions in the analysis of a technical system. An aha-experience is a strong feeling of subjective certainty that accompanies the cognitive process of suddenly finding a previously unknown solution. For this purpose, a study on the functional analysis was evaluated. The results show that many identified subfunctions of the system under investigation were identified with an aha-experience and that these subfunctions are more often correct. The results also suggest that aha-experiences occur more often among students than among experienced design engineers. Especially among students, a positive relation of aha-experiences on the correctness of the identified subfunction can be seen. This offers potential for further investigations to make aha-experiences useful in design methods.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000138008
Veröffentlicht am 29.09.2021
DOI: 10.1017/pds.2021.456
Zitationen: 1
Zitationen: 1
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Produktentwicklung (IPEK)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2732-527X
KITopen-ID: 1000138008
Erschienen in Proceedings of the ICED21 International Conference on Engineering Design, 16 - 20 August 2021, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Veranstaltung International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 2021), Göteborg, Schweden, 16.08.2021 – 20.08.2021
Verlag Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Seiten 1947–1956
Serie Proceedings of the Design Society ; 1
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 27.07.2021
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