Creativity and Perception

  • John H. Flowers
  • Calvin P. Garbin
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Informal thought about the nature of mental operations important to creative human behavior suggests that perceptual processes are of considerable importance. The ability to “see relationships among elements” is an attribution commonly made toward authors of major scientific discoveries or of noteworthy artistic achievements. For example, Shepard (1978, 1981) documented self-reports from several creative scientists and authors that strongly emphasize the role of visual imagery and the manipulation of visual codes in the creative process.


Divided Attention Perceptual Organization Context Element Mental Operation Visual Code 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John H. Flowers
    • 1
  • Calvin P. Garbin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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