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Perceptual set

(also mental set, functional fixedness). Predispositions to perceive things in certain (familiar) ways. It is one of the barriers to creativity; the reverse of flexile, innovative thinking which makes it difficult to see new meanings, relationships, and ideas.

Perceptual set. Dictionary of Creativity: Terms, Concepts, Theories & Findings in Creativity Research / Compiled and edited by Eugene Gorny., 2007.
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