The ability to represent situations in more abstract terms was long thought to be a capacity exclusive to
humans; experiments done with monkeys seem to show, however, that this is not the case, as they are
capable to solve fairly complex problems, using items as tools as necessary to do so, showing that they
are capable of abstraction.
7 general steps taken while solving problems:
1. Problem identification (identifying that there is a problem).
2. Problem definition: defining the problem and representing it properly.
3. Constructing a strategy: planning out how we will solve the problem.
1. Analytic approach: breaking the problem into pieces
2. Synthesis approach: putting the various elements together from the objective/general
principle for the problem.
3. Divergent thinking: create man