Welcome

The Attention, Reasoning, and Creativity lab is run by Dr. Andrew F. Jarosz in the Psychology Department at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Jarosz is currently looking for undergraduate research assistants for the Spring 2018 semester!

Dr. Jarosz is accepting graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year!

About the Lab

Problem solving comes in many forms. When thinking about problem solving, the first thing that comes to mind may be a math problem, such as one might find in an algebra class. Others may think of reasoning problems, where the goal is to figure out patterns and relationships to finish a sequence or solve a puzzle. Still others may think of creative problems – situations or riddles with no obvious solution. Each of these problems seems to draw upon different processes in order to reach a solution, and people vary considerably in their ability to solve each type. The goal of our research is to understand not only the processes underlying successful problem solving, but also to determine why individuals differ in their ability to succeed on problem solving tasks.

The Attention, Reasoning, and Creativity (ARC) Lab explores several types of problem solving, including analytic (as one might see on an intelligence test), creative, and mathematical. Much of this work is conducted through the lens of individual differences, focusing primarily on working memory capacity and attention. In particular, our work has focused on the specific processes and strategies required to solve different kinds of problems, and how working memory capacity and attention both aid and hinder those processes.