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## BEH 225 Week 4 Assignment - Problem-Solving Simulation

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# BEH 225 Week 4 Assignment - Problem-Solving Simulation

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Assignment: Problem­Solving Simulation Your Name Axia College of the University of Phoenix BEH 225 Instructor, Name  Month Day, 2010 Assignment: Problem­Solving Simulation  In order to solve a problem it is necessary to first interpret the problem.  While completing the  activity in the “River” site, I took the following approach: 1. Envisaged the situation 2. Recognized the variables present in  3. Deciphered and solved the problem   Scenario of the posed problem: A man who has a dog, a cat, and a mouse needs to get them across a river “one by one” on a raft. The dog cannot be left with the cat.  The mouse cannot be left with the cat.  How may the man  get all the creatures across without any fighting?  Above all, the problem­solving process  involved the brain’s frontal lobe ­ associated with reasoning, planning, parts of speech,  movement, emotions, and problem solving.      After interpreting the problem, strategy and evaluating progress.  I used heuristics as a  solution strategy.  This is the process of breaking a problem into sub goals ­ minor problems that  are less difficult to solve than the larger problem (Morris and Maisto, 2006).  Initially, I tried a  trial and error approach of problem solving.  I interpreted the question in a simple and linear  fashion.  ­ take one animal across, then take the next and lastly, take the final animal across.  For  obvious reasoning, this method would not solve the problem.  Clearly, if left alone, the cat would eat the mouse and the dog would eat the cat.  Therefore, I concluded that the mouse or the dog  could not be the first animal to be transported across the river.  Originally, I believed the solution could be simple in the vein of the trial options.  Subsequent to and failing a handful of times, I  started to look at the problem from a different perspective.  The man, although not visible, does  have an omnipresence presence in the equation.  What if he were to return one or more of the  creatures of back to the original opposing shoreline?”  This notion of returning something proved to be the key to achieving the solution of the puzzle.  I feel that conditional premise permitted me to conquer the problem.  The following sequence illustrates what must be performed to successfully complete the  problem:  The man transports the cat across the river and offloads the animal ­ paddling an empty  raft back to the original shore.  He may then choose to transfer the mouse or dog across to the opposite shore – either  animal will suffice.  Upon unloading the animal of choice, the man must ferry the cat back the previous shore.  The man offloads the cat from the raft and loads either the mouse or the dog (the animals  that has not been transported by the man) onto the raft – transporting the animal to the  opposite side of the river.  Leaving the dog with the mouse, the rafter paddles back.   The man loads and transports the cat for the third time ­ all are on the identical opposite  shore. Note: The cat must be the first and last animal to cross the river.       While striving to solve the problem, which took approximately three minutes time, I did  encounter obstacles.  Brainstorming some ideas, I came to the realization that the solution is  more complex than originally thought – perhaps there was no plausible solution at all.  The main  obstacle to problem solving was that I fixed my mental set to the erroneous “trial and error”  approach.  From the presented problem, I have learned that solving a problem is a skill and a thought process that I must continue to refine.  I will implement the thought process that will help me  solve a problem by following the steps of interpreting the problem, finding a viable strategy and  evaluation progress ­  eliminating all obstacles to solving the problem, and implementing the  possible solution.  Whence I have mastered these skills, I will have acquired the knowledge to  solve most any style of problem. Reference: Morris, C.G., & Maisto, A.A. (2002). Psychology: An Introduction (12th ed.). Upper Saddle    River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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