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Kimberly Rynearson

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 50: Thinking and Problem Solving

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Thinking and Problem Solving
Thinking and problem solving

Thinking is a broad term applied to the representation of concepts and procedures and the manipulation of information; acts such as reasoning, decision making, and problem solving are part of thinking. This chapter focuses on problem solving as one of the most complex intellectual acts. Humans must solve many problems per day. For example, the relatively simple act of driving to school or work requires us to solve problems related to the operation of a vehicle and the determination of the best route to our destination.

Researchers have studied the nature of problem solving for many years. This chapter focuses on the major theories and research findings generated from the last 100 years of problem-solving research. This chapter summarizes ...

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