“Popcorn”: A Model (Ongoing Creative Insights)

  • Ruth Richards
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


The dynamic of popcorn popping is used as a model for seeking ongoing patterns of creative inspiration. In creating we work with a series of sudden insights, yet each instant is unpredictable. As with popcorn we can raise the odds of an event—of a sudden Aha!—by turning the heat up. Metaphorically, or more literally, we may be seeking a mental edge-of-chaos, this in phase space, where we are “in the zone,” and creativity can flow. This chapter looks at the delicate balances involved as well as ways of “turning up the heat” including contextual factors and use of brainstorming or divergent thinking.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Richards
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  1. 1.PsychologySaybrook UniversityOaklandUSA

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