Psychology: What kind of learning takes place after trial-and-error?

Example: John is trying to solve a Rubik's cube. After not bein able to for some time, he stops and goes on to contemplate solutions elsewhere. What kind of problem solving/learning is John using when he contemplates solutions?

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    If I tried the Rubik's cube over and over and for hours had not come up with a solution, I would put the cube down and take a long rest from it.  I'd go back early in the morning with a fresh and relaxed frame of mind.  Usually after rest, and diversion, one is able to make a leap to a higher way of thinking.  That goes for me.  But as far as naming it, I don't have that info.  But that is how I solve difficult problems. Rest on it, or the problem and my subconscious wrestles with it during sleep, and I look at things with another outlook, or with a new mind. 

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