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insight learning

 

Definition: the grasp of the solution to a problem without the intervening series of the trial and error steps that are associated with most types of learning (a monkey housed behind the bars of a cage who, without proceeding through countless hours of futile attempts with one stick or the other, fits two sticks together to retrieve a banana outside the distance measured by either stick alone).

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