Creativity and the Mind: Discovering the Genius Within

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In this provocative book, acclaimed psychologists Thomas Ward, Ronald Finke, and Steven Smith eloquently portray the fascinating processes of the creative mind at work, and hand us the invaluable tools with which we can mine our most valued and important resource. Creativity - and the methods by which we can heighten it - has recently become the focus of a burgeoning and exciting new field in psychology. By skillfully blending this cutting-edge scientific research with the real-world experiences of humanity's ...

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Overview

In this provocative book, acclaimed psychologists Thomas Ward, Ronald Finke, and Steven Smith eloquently portray the fascinating processes of the creative mind at work, and hand us the invaluable tools with which we can mine our most valued and important resource. Creativity - and the methods by which we can heighten it - has recently become the focus of a burgeoning and exciting new field in psychology. By skillfully blending this cutting-edge scientific research with the real-world experiences of humanity's most successful creative thinkers, this provocative book isolates the mechanisms by which our mind conceives innovative and creative ideas. Since all creative thoughts emerge from skillfully drawing upon the well of knowledge we already possess, this book tackles the very nature of this knowledge. As these astute authors convincingly argue, the same mental processes that help a chemist like Kary Mullis discover a revolutionary new scientific principle or inspire an artist like Beethoven to create a marvelous symphony underlie the host of creative endeavors we all undertake. This inspiring book applies these basic tenets to a rich variety of creative pursuits, including engineering, design, writing, business, science, art, and even the challenges of our everyday lives. We learn how best to combine and play with the images, words, and concepts that spark fertile new ideas and lead to ever more impressive creative leaps.

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Three psychologists look at famous inventions, writing, art, and business ideas to deconstruct the processes of the creative mind at work: how we store and manipulate concepts and images in memory; the strategies that our minds use (analogy, metaphor, logic) to tackle new problems; and how we explain the flashes of insight and mental blocks that happen to everyone. They show how the same processes apply to many kinds of creativity and how the processes can be enhanced by tapping into the knowledge we already possess. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306450860
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Probing the Creative Mind 1
2 Concepts and Creativity 25
3 Visualizing in a Creative Way 59
4 Problem Solving and Reasoning 89
5 Invention and Product Development 121
6 Business Applications 149
7 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing 175
8 Science and Art 203
9 Just Having Fun 231
10 Looking Back and Looking Forward 253
Index 271
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