Insight learning is coming up with solutions to problems by thought without any real-world trial and error. With insight learning, sometimes the solution comes quickly, and other times it involves well-thought-out reasoning.
Insight learning theory was developed by Wolfgang Kohler who studied the learning process in chimpanzees. Kohler experimented with putting the chimpanzees' food in locations that were difficult to reach, such as behind a barrier or suspended from the ceiling. The chimpanzees exhibited anger and frustration at not being able to easily reach the food items. Then all at once, a chimpanzee would carry out a solution, such as stacking boxes to reach the food or knocking it down with a pole.