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Problem solving is a process for individual's to overcome a specific problem. That process, simply, begins at a starting point and continues until a conclusion is reached. The process includes the higher mental functions and creative thinking. However, problem solving is also seen in the animal kingdom through the use of mazes and testing to obtain hidden rewards. Many animals display quite a range of problem solving strategies including win-stay.

PROBLEM SOLVING: "Problem solving is not only seen in humans but can be catalogued in the animal kingdom as well."

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