The Creative Cognition Approach

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Mental processes are the essence of creative endeavor. The
Creative Cognition Approach
extends this particular view of creativity,
first proposed and developed by the editors in their earlier book Creative
Cognition
, to the programs and theoretical views of some of the most prominent researchers in the areas of problem solving, concept formation, and thinking. Chapters cover a wide range of approaches and ...

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Overview

Mental processes are the essence of creative endeavor. The
Creative Cognition Approach
extends this particular view of creativity,
first proposed and developed by the editors in their earlier book Creative
Cognition
, to the programs and theoretical views of some of the most prominent researchers in the areas of problem solving, concept formation, and thinking. Chapters cover a wide range of approaches and processes that play a role in creative cognition, from those that have their roots in associationism (the notion that creative ideas are produced incrementally), to the Gestalt point of view
(particularly insight), to current computational approaches. Each chapter deals with central issues in cognition and creativity, and many consider new ways in which creativity can be studied under controlled conditions.

The Creative Cognition Approach begins with a new look at an ancient subject, dreams. It then takes up intuition and insight from a contemporary cognitive perspective, and the importance of using prior knowledge in the incremental view of creative problem solving, which is contrasted with the importance of various forms of fixation and sudden insight. Studies are presented that provide new methods for distinguishing insight problem solving from analytic problem solving, and a general description of recall, problem solving, and creative thinking is provided along with relevant experimental evidence.

Numerous laboratory studies of creative idea generation are described that reveal the conceptual structures that give rise to imaginative thinking. Visual representations are considered in the context of memory distortions, and in the use of diagrams in scientific discovery. Models that help clarify the relation between comprehension and creativity are discussed, and a novel integration of ideas (primary and secondary process thinking, conditioning, genetic algorithms, chaos theory, the thermodynamics of crystallography) are brought together in a connectionist framework. A multivariate investment approach is used to study creative performance, and criteria for assessing and enhancing creative realism are detailed.

A Bradford
Book

The MIT Press

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Editorial Reviews

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Surveys the studies and theoretical views of prominent researchers in the areas of problem solving, concept formation, and thinking. Contributors cover a wide range of approaches that play a role in creative cognition, from associationism, to Gestalt, to computational approaches. Topics include dreams, intuition, the use of prior knowledge in creative thinking, insight versus analytic problem solving, and visual and computational processes in creative cognition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262512831
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,171,032
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas B. Ward is Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Cognitive Processes in Creative Contexts 1
Ch. 1 Origins and Consequences of Novelty 9
Ch. 2 Intuitive Antecedents of Insight 27
Ch. 3 Case Studies of Creative Thinking: Reproduction versus Restructuring in the Real World 53
Ch. 4 Productive Problem Solving 73
Ch. 5 The Ineffability of Insight 97
Ch. 6 Fixation, Incubation, and Insight in Memory and Creative Thinking 135
Ch. 7 What's Old about New Ideas? 157
Ch. 8 Static Patterns Moving in the Mind 179
Ch. 9 Scientific Discovery and Creative Reasoning with Diagrams 205
Ch. 10 Making Machines Creative 229
Ch. 11 Creativity and Connectionism 249
Ch. 12 An Investment Approach to Creativity 269
Ch. 13 Creative Realism 303
Conclusion: Principles, Paradoxes, and Prospects for the Future of Creative Cognition 327
Name Index 337
Subject Index 343
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