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Zoom Out to Integrate Reasoning

A child studies a globe of Earth in a classroom.

How can you train your brain to see a bigger picture?

Small details can distract thinking and problem-solving. Zoom out to gain a broader perspective and anchor your reasoning to bigger ideas, diverse perspectives and global themes.


The process of synthesizing information strengthens one's ability to form abstract ideas and integrate personal experiences with world knowledge, critical skills for higher-order learning. Applying the Brainpower of Zoom Out helps avoid silos of isolated and static thinking.


  • Step back from details and seeking out big picture ideas.
  • Consider possible connections between different ways of thinking.
  • Challenge yourself to look beyond literal meaning and explore abstract conclusions.
  • Focus on big picture ideas: Apply strategic thinking to boost your problem-solving.

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