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Zoom Out to Integrate Reasoning

A child sitting in a classroom observing a spinning globe.

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.


  • Stepping back from details and seeking out big picture ideas
  • Considering possible connections between different ways of thinking
  • Challenging yourself to look beyond literal meaning and explore abstract conclusions
  • Focusing on big picture ideas: Apply strategic thinking to boost your problem-solving

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