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Creativity, Problem Solving, and Feeling

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Affect; Cognitive and noncognitive processes; Creative problem solving; Intuition


The terms “creativity,” “problem solving,” and “feeling” are used in scholarly writing of psychology in ways similar to that employed in popular writing but with some refinement. Derived from the Latin creatus “to make or produce,” creativity is defined as “the production of effective novelty.” The word production implies that some act or action is involved. Thus within the field of cognition, the act of creation or the creative process is studied. However, other psychological orientations such as the “creative person,” the “creative product,” and the “creative environment” are also investigated. Central to each orientation however, is the assumption that the novelty produced is useful and meaningful. Thus for example, the creation of a scientific idea may be considered useful, the creation of an artistic work meaningful.

Within the cognitive tradition, the term “problem-solving”...

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Aldous, C.R. (2012). Creativity, Problem Solving, and Feeling. In: Seel, N.M. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer, Boston, MA.

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