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Unformatted text preview: A heuristic is a general rule of thumb that may lead to a correct solution but doesnt guarantee one. Example: A useful heuristic for finishing a timed exam might be Do the easy questions first. Dialectical Reasoning Dialectical reasoning is the process of going back and forth between opposing points of view in order to come up with a satisfactory solution. Example: A student might use dialectical reasoning when she considers the pros and cons of choosing psychology as her college major. Forming Subgoals Forming subgoals involves coming up with intermediate steps to solve a problem. This is a way of simplifying a problem. Example: Susan is asked to solve the analogy problem Prison is to inmate as hospital is to ____. Susans subgoal could be to figure out the relationship between prison and inmate. Once she achieves this subgoal, she can easily find the answer, patient....
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