associative thinking

associative thinking

[ə′sō·sē‚ād·iv ′thiŋk·iŋ]
(psychology)
The mental process of making associations between a given subject and all pertinent present factors without drawing on past experience.
Free association.
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Here, the form of Gander's associative thinking, which he's explored over the past decade, has been hollowed of all content--possibly freeing up your gaze to take in the nearby designer chair on which a guard is sitting.
Quoting from Dr Hal Gregorsen's Book (the Innovator's DNA) this includes: Courage, Observation Skills, Questioning, Networking and then the ability to synthesise this into Associative Thinking.
Van Gogh was not just a poet, but an artist whose prodigious visual memory buttressed his associative thinking.
There is empirical evidence now that information overload and associative thinking may be reshaping how they think.
The former happens because, if you stay in control by being utterly rational, you will reject nonlinear or associative thinking and forgo using intuition, even though many creative people credit intuition as the source of their discoveries.
At the same time, adherents of DA were typically dismissive of emotions and associative thinking or the value of gut instinct.
Cro-Magnons were the first group of hominids classified as Homo sapiens and possessed a large frontal lobe capable of associative thinking.
Associative thinking seeks to make connections, uses prior experience, and learns by trial and error.
This creates a safe environment for employees to make suggestions and allows for associative thinking to occur.
Each reading then activates the reader's associative thinking to discover the multiple linkages that the author has established between words, images, and situations.
Kids use many different thinking and academic skills while playing I SPY: visual discrimination, vocabulary building, reading proficiency, visual memory, creative writing, creativity, problem solving, associative thinking, strategic thinking, and determining cause and effect.