Trial and Error Definition | Psychology

When several attempts are made to solve a problem, this is known as trial and error. If you try something new, and it doesn’t work, but you keep trying different things until it does, this is the trial and error method. Almost all organisms in the world learn new behaviors in this manner, more or less.

Think of when you were a dumb little kid. You were probably hungry a lot and when mommy wasn’t in the kitchen, you wanted to make your own food. Well, you learned your lesson the hard way, you shouldn’t touch that hot stovetop! Dummy. But later, you learned you could simply reach into the fridge when mommy wasn’t looking and snack on all the yogurt your dumb little hands could grasp. Success!