This book reviews the metaphors used by various researchers of cognition and problem solving in their attempt to understand these processes, and to identify both the common underlying pattern of these theories and the unifying metaphor of the metaphor making process known as creative problem solving. Components of Wallas' theory on problem solving along with Piaget's theory, several information processing theories, Neo-Piagetian, factor-analytic, neuropsychological concepts and also "Catastrophe Theory" have been integrated, with redundancies being noted, into a theory to understand creative problem solving processes.
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About the Author
Before earning his Ph.D., the author was a physics and math teacher for many years and wondered about what was going on in his students' minds as they solved problems and why they got stuck. The author changed careers going for a Ph.D. in educational psychology to understand how people creatively solve problems and overcome the obstacles to creativity. Since earning his Ph.D. the author found his statistical skills much more valuable, but still used what he learned in the psychology of problem solving to help his students and others to become creative problem solvers.