Programmer's conundrums

Tore S Bekkedal toresbe at
Tue Apr 4 00:53:14 CDT 2006

On Mon, 2006-04-03 at 22:54 -0600, Richard wrote:
> In article <BAY107-F26C23B9B3CF3B590A01123A3CA0 at phx.gbl>,
>     "dwight elvey" <dkelvey at>  writes:
> > [...] It is how they approach the problem that
> > I'm most interested in finding out.
> But most people don't "think" with a running verbal commentary for
> you.

I saw something to the effect that many studies showed that when forced
to produce a running verbal commentary of solving a given puzzle, they
lost almost all solving power.

Forcing a person to keep a commentary of what they're doing moves it
into a completely different part of the brain, and it would go from
"possibly irrelevant" to "completely futile".

But, as stated, what matters is less the solution, and more the approach
the employee takes, as that shows more of the personality.


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