Creative Thought

Creative Thought : An Investigation of Conceptual Structures and Processes

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Creative thinking is essential for scientific, technological and artistic accomplishment, and it enables us to adapt to changes in our work situations and personal lives. This edited book examines recent research on conceptual structures and processes and sheds light on the nature of creative thought. The chapters are grouped in four parts covering conceptual combination, conceptual expansion, metaphor and analogy. Although other works have provided much information on the more receptive aspects of cognition, this volume is unique in its focus on the more generative aspects of our thought processes (for example, how we use concepts to develop new ideas). "Creative Thought" should be a valuable resource for cognitive psychologists, researchers and psycholinguists.
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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 171.45 x 230 x 44.45mm
  • Washington DC, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 1557984042
  • 9781557984043

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Conceptual Structures and Processes in Creative Thought; Thematic Relations and the Creation of Combined Concepts; Conceptual Combination - Possibilities and Aesthetics; Emergent Attributes in Combined Concepts; The Developmental Emergence of Multiplicative Combinations; Coherent and Creative Conceptual Combinations; Imagination at Work - Conceptual and Linguistic Creativity in Children; The Creation of New Concepts - a Multifaceted Approach to Category Learning; Creativity - Shifting Across Ontological Categories; Polysemy and the Creation of Novel Word Meanings; Mundane Creativity in Perceptual Symbol Systems; Creativity in Personality, Development and Social Psychology - Any Links with Cognitive Psychology?; Metaphor Comprehension - How Metaphors Create New Categories; How Language Reflects the Embodied Nature of Creative Cognition; Of Men and Metaphors - Shakespeare, Embodiment and Filing Cabinets; Analogy in Discovery - a Case Study of Johannes Kepler; How Scientists Think - Online Creativity and Conceptual Change in Science; Mental Models, Space and Embodied Cognition; Creativity's Camel - the Role of Analogy in Invention.
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