The Science

of Abstract Thinking

Abstract thinking is the ability to conceptualize.

It is the basis of logic, the key to creativity, and the foundation of emotional intelligence.
What’s the difference between concrete thinking and abstract thinking?

A concrete thinker sees a swing on a playground; an abstract thinker understands a swing can move a small body through space. All of us use a combination of concrete and abstract thinking skills in everyday life. For instance, while abstract thinking allows us to plan a vacation, concrete thinking allows us to book the trip. But the better you become at abstract thinking, the better you are at solving problems.

But developing the ability to think abstractly isn’t a given—it’s learned.

And like a muscle, it must be continually nurtured and challenged. Solving puzzles is one of the simplest ways to improve abstract thinking.

That’s where The Hamiltonian Circuit comes in.

It’s designed to stimulate your ability to concentrate including to:

  • recognize patterns, even when rotated or mirrored
  • to visualize situations that might result from making multiple choices
  • to keep these choices in short-term memory
In other words, playing the Hamiltonian Circuit is like taking your brain to the gym.
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