Creative Thought : An Investigation of Conceptual Structures and Processes
Creativity is a powerful and elusive force. It brings about scientific, technological and artistic accomplishment, and it allows us to adapt to changes in our lives, to solve problems, and to resolve conflicts. It is little wonder, then, that cognitive psychologists have long been fascinated by the mysteries of creative thought: where do people get new ideas? How are they inspired to make new discoveries? How is old knowledge mapped onto novel situations, and how are old and mistaken ways of thinking replaced by innovative perspectives? This text examines these questions in light of research on the nature of creativity, with an emphasis on its generative aspects - on how old concepts are used to generate new ideas. The chapters cover four major areas of study: conceptual combination, conceptual expansion, metaphor, and analogy.
- Paperback | 567 pages
- 152.4 x 230 x 31.75mm | 907.18g
- 01 Nov 2001
- American Psychological Association
- Washington DC, United States
- New edition
- New edition
Table of contents
Conceptual Structures and Processes in Creative Thought - Thomas B. Ward, Steven M. Smith, and Jyotsna Vaid - Thematic Relations and the Creation of Combined Concepts - Edward J. Shoben and Christina L. Gagne - Conceptual Combination: Possibilities and Esthetics - Edward J. Wisniewski - Emergent Attributes in Combined Concepts - James A. Hampton - The Developmental Emergence of Multiplicative Combinations - Friedrich Wilkening, Gudrune Schwarzer, and Annette Rummele - Coherent and Creative Conceptual Combinations - Paul Thagard - Imagination at Work: Conceptual and Linguistic Creativity in Children - Cristina Cacciari, Maria Chiara Levorato, and Pirecarla Cicogna - The Creation of New Concepts: A Multifaceted Approach to Category Learning - Arthur B. Markman, Takashi Yamauchi, and Valerie S. Makin - Creativity: Shifting Across Ontological Categories Flexibly - Michelene T. H. Chi - Polysemy and the Creation of Novel Word Meanings - Gregory L. Murphy - Mundane Creativity in Perceptual Symbol Systems - Lawrence W. Barsalou and Jesse J. Prinz - Creativity in Personality, Developmental, and Social Psychology: Any Links With Cognitive Psychology? - Dean Keith Simonton - Metaphor Comprehension: How Metaphors Create New Categories - Sam Glucksberg, Deanna Ann Manfredi, and Matthew S. McGlone - How Language Reflects the Embodied Nature of Creative Cognition - Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. - Of "Men" and Metaphors: Shakespeare, Embodiment, and Filing Cabinets - Eva Feder Kittay - Analogy and Creativity in the Worlds of Johannes Kepler - Dedre Gentner, Sarah Brem, Ron Ferguson, Philip Wolff, Arthur B. Markman, and Ken Forbus - How Scientists Think: On-Line Creativity and Conceptual Change in Science - Kevin Dunbar - Mental Models, Space, and Embodied Cognition - Arthur M. Glenberg - Creativity's Camel: The Role of Analogy in Invention - David N. Perkins
About Thomas B. Ward
Thomas B. Ward lives in College Station, Texas, and is affiliated with Texas A&M University. Steven M. Smith lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is affiliated with St. Mary's University.