Luchins Water Jug Task

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The Luchins Water Jug problem solving task as described in Luchins & Luchins (1950).
Duration: 10 minutes
(Requires Inquisit Lab)
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Last Updated
Apr 2, 2024, 4:37PM


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Luchins, Abrahams., & Luchins, Edithh. (1950). New Experimental Attempts at Preventing Mechanization in Problem Solving. The Journal of General Psychology, 42(2), 279-297.

Joiner, R., Messer, D., Light, P., & Littleton, K. (1998). The Effects of Gender, Expectations of Success and Social Comparison on Children's Performance on a Computer‐based Task. Educational Psychology, 18(3), 319-326.

Colvin, M., Dunbar, K., & Grafman, J. (2001). The Effects of Frontal Lobe Lesions on Goal Achievement in the Water Jug Task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13(8), 1129-1147.

Carder, Hassina P., Handley, Simon J., & Perfect, Timothy J. (2008). Counterintuitive and Alternative Moves Choice in the Water Jug Task. Brain and Cognition, 66(1), 11-20.