[From Coon, Introduction to Psychology - Solutions by Understanding
Many problems cannot be solved mechanically or by habitual modes of thought. In this case, a higher level of thinking based on understanding is necessary. Karl Duncker, German psychologists, found that there were two phases to successful problem solving. . . . [For example] General Properties. A solution that correctly states the requirements for success but not in sufficient detail for further action. One discovers the general properties of a correct solution (one who understands the general properties of the puzzle can solve it consistently). . . . [Coon, Dennis. Introduction to Psychology, Exploration and Application. St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1989.]
R E F E R E N C E S
Generalize vt [ca. 1751] 1: to give a general form to 2a: to derive or induce [a general conception or principle from particulars b: to draw a general conclusion from 3: to give general applicability to [__ a law]; also: to make indefinite -vi 1: to form generalizations; also: to make vaque or indefinite statements 2: to spread or extend throughout the body.
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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