Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Cognition of Creativity

  • Jay L. Brand
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_349


Key Concepts and Definition of Terms

Trying to understand creativity has produced a vast literature spanning psychology, anthropology, biology, archaeology, sociology, business, literature, the arts, architecture, design, and several other disciplines. Here is one definition from a recent compendium on creativity: Creativity may … be … thought of as the entire system by which processes [conceptual combination, conceptual expansion, metaphor, analogy, mental model construction, etc.] operate on [psychological, social, and cultural] structures to produce outcomes that are novel but, nevertheless, rooted in existing knowledge (Ward et al. 1997, p. 18). This brief review of the information available will concentrate on a psychological perspective, but all vantage points add important dimensions to the concept. Psychologists primarily study topics from an individual’s point of...

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  1. 1.IdeationHaworth, Inc.HollandUSA