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    DescriptionMental 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


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    Title
    The Creative Cognition Approach
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Steven M. Smith, Edited by Thomas B. Ward, Edited by Ronald A. Finke
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 359
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262512831
    ISBN 10: 0262512831
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.3
    BIC subject category V2: JMR
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    LC classification: BF
    B&T General Subject: 670
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Abridged Dewey: 153
    BISAC V2.8: PSY008000
    Thema V1.0: JMR
    Illustrations note
    52
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Bradford Books
    Publication date
    23 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Massachusetts
    Author Information
    Thomas B. Ward is Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama.