Edward Bowden

  • Associate Professor - Psychology
  • Psychology Department
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1987
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2549
  • EMAIL: bowden@uwp.edu
Edward Bowden


  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Reasoning & decision making
  • Research design
Dr. Bowden earned his B.S. from the University of Washington, his M.S. from Eastern Washington University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

Teaching Interests

Cognition, Learning and Memory, Problem solving, Creativity, Reasoning

Research Interests

Problem Solving, Creativity & Insight, Reasoning, Memory

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2019: The relation between state and trait risk taking and problem solving., Thinking and Reasoning

2019: Remote Associates, The Encyclopedia of Creativity

2018: Whose Insight is it Anyway?, Current Issues in Thinking and Reasoning. Routledge (28-50 pp.)

2016: Insight solutions are correct more often than analytic solutions, Thinking and Reasoning

2016: Looking for Creativity: Where do we look when we look for new ideas?, Frontiers in Psychology

2009: Positive mood and anxiety modulate anterior cingulate activity and cognitive preparation for insight., Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (415-432 pp.)

2008: The Origins of Insight in Resting-State Brain Activity, Neuropsychologia (281-291 pp.)

2008: The transliminal brain at rest: Baseline EEG, unusual experiences, and access to unconscious mental activity., Cortex (1353-1363 pp.)

2007: Methods for Investigating the Neural Components of Insight., Methods (87-99 pp.)

2006: The Prepared Mind: Neural Activity Prior to Problem Presentation Predicts Subsequent Solution by Sudden Insight., Psychological Science (882-890 pp.)

2005: Mood effects on creative insight problem solving, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

2005: New approaches to demystifying insight., Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience (322-328 pp.)

2004: Neural activity observed in people solving verbal problems with insight., Public Library of Science - Biology (500-510 pp.)

2003: Normative Data for 144 Compound Remote Associate Problems, Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers (634-639 pp.)

2000: The right hemisphere maintains solution-related activation for yet-to-be solved insight problems., Memory & Cognition (1231-1241 pp.)

1997: Gender differences in self-evaluation biases: Convergent evidence from three measures of accuracy and bias., Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (157-172 pp.)

1997: The effect of reportable and unreportable hints on anagram solution and the aha! experience., Consciousness and Cognition (545-573 pp.)

1989: Testing the Principle of Orthogonality in Language Design., Human-Computer Interaction (95-120 pp.)

1985: Accessing relevant information during problem solving: Time constraints on search in the problem space, Memory & Cognition (280-286 pp.)

University Service

: Chairperson - Institutional Review Board, Co-chair
: Committee Member - Faculty Senate, Senator
PSYC 205 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 250 - Psychological Statistics
PSYC 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 499 - Independent Study:
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