Ambiguity in psychology
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Ambiguity is fundamental to modern psychology, as the mind has to identify meaning in ambiguous information all of the time. Sensation provides us with noisy information that could represent many different states of the world, and our perceptual processes present us with one interpretation, which we believe to be real. From visual and auditory perception to understanding language, and from solving poorly defined problems to identifying our emotions and our relationships with other people, we have to resolve ambiguity and base our decisions and behaviour upon the most plausible reality. How our minds choose which of many possibilities is the most plausible is at the heart of understanding human behaviour, and gives us an insight into how and when ambiguity can be used to enhance creative problem-solving.
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