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articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The
candle problem or candle task, also known as Duncker's candle
problem, is a cognitive performance test, measuring the influence
of functional fixedness on a participant's problem solving
capabilities. The test was created by Gestalt psychologist Karl
Duncker and published posthumously in 1945. Duncker originally
presented this test in his thesis on problem solving tasks at Clark
University. The test presents the participant with the following
task: how to fix a lit candle on a wall (a cork board) in a way so
the candle wax won't drip onto the table below.
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