Functional fixedness

Functional fixedness

Functional fixedness is a cognitive bias which limits a person to using an object only in the way it is traditionally used. For example, if someone needs a paperweight, but they only have a hammer, they may not see how the hammer can be used as a paperweight. Functional fixedness is this inability to see a hammer’s use as anything other than for pounding nails; the person couldn't think to use the hammer in a way other than in its conventional function.

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