UC Merced Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society Title The Effect of Prototyping and Critical Feedback on Fixation in Engineering Design Publication Date

Trina Kershaw, Katja Holtta-Otto, Yoon Lee, Soo
Design fixation is a common problem in engineering. In two experiments, we implement two educational interventions, prototyping and critical feedback, to help reduce design fixation, which is defined as adherence to one's own design. We found that constant prototyping across the design process reduced fixation in the final product. Surprisingly, we also found that not receiving feedback reduced fixation in the final product. Implications for engineering design education are discussed.