understanding of a specific cause and effect in a specific context

Insight is the act of understanding the inner nature of things. It is a type of comprehension or learning. It can be used in several ways:

  • a piece of information: I have an insight into that problem..
  • the way you come to know something, a kind of learning.
  • the answer to a question or problem.
  • a sudden realization: the Eureka effect, named after Archimedes. This is also known as an epiphany.
Arthur Fry, inventor of the Post-it note, with one on his forehead with a picture of a lightbulb

Higher intelligence (higher IQ) has also been found to be associated with better performance on insight problems.[1] However, those of lower intelligence benefit more than those of higher intelligence from being provided with cues and hints for insight problems.[1]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sternberg, Robert J. & Davidson, Janet E. (eds) 1996. The nature of insight. MIT Press. Cambridge, MA & London. ISBN 0-262-69187-6