[From Coon, Introduction to Psychology, Exploration and Application Incubation - Most major problems produce a period during which all attempted solutions will have proved futile. At this point, problem solving may proceed on a subconscious level: While the problem seems to have been set aside, it is still "cooking" in the background . . . . [Coon, Dennis. Introduction to Psychology, Exploration and Application. St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1989. Chapter: Learning & Cognition]
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Incubate vb [L incubatus, pp. of incubare, fr. in- + cubare to lie] vt [ca 1721] 1: to sit on [eggs] so as to hatch by the warmth of the body; also: to maintain [as an embryo or a chemically active system] under conditions favorable for hatching, development, or reaction 2: to cause [as an idea] to develop -vi 1: to sit on eggs 2: to undergo incubation
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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