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Neuroscience Provides Fresh Insight Into the ‘Aha’ Moment

The human brain is an extraordinary information-processing system, dispensing trillions of calculations every second. The brain is brilliant at executing physical tasks that can be codified, such as playing an instrument or driving a car; however, our brains have some surprising limitations when it comes to certain types of mental tasks. Think of these in two categories.

First, there is linear problem solving, which involves logically working out a solution to a question - for example, doing ma

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