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Simulating Creativity from a Systems Perspective

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Psychological research on human creativity focuses primarily on individual creative performance. Assessing creative performance is, however, also a matter of expert evaluation. Few psychological studies model this aspect explicitly as a human process, let alone measure creativity longitudinally. An agent-based model was built to explore the effects contextual factors such as evaluation and temporality have on creativity. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's systems perspective of creativity is used as the model's framework, and stylized facts from the domain of creativity research in psychology provide the model's contents. Theoretical experimentation with the model indicated evaluators and their selection criteria play a bearing role in constructing human creativity. This insight has major implications for designing future creativity research in psychology.

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What Haiku Can Tell Us About Creativity

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Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, that gets you out of your thinking hat and onto your offbeat trail of thoughts. Haiku is not only a form of poetry, it is a way of thinking.

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How To Recruit for Creativity

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'The trouble is, creativity comes in all shapes and sizes, so how can recruiters make sure they can spot the creative diamonds in the rough?'
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The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

The research reviewed by Berk, Mann & Ogan, (2006) and Hirsh-Pasek, Golinkoff, Berk, & Singer (2009) suggest that make-believe games are forerunners of the important capacity for forms of self-regulation including reduced aggression, delay of gratification, civility, and empathy. When children use toys to  introduce possible scenarios or friends, the representation of multiple perspectives occurs naturally. Taking on different roles allows children the unique opportunity to learn social skills such as communication, problem solving, and empathy (Hughes, 1999).

An important  benefit of early pretend play may be its enhancement of the child’s capacity for cognitive flexibility and, ultimately, creativity (Russ, 2004; Singer & Singer, 2005). Russ, for example, in longitudinal  studies, found that early imaginative play was associated with increased creative performance years later (Russ, 2004; Russ, & Fiorelli,  2010). Root-Bernstein’s research with clearly creative individuals such as Nobel Prize winners and MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant  awardees, indicated  that early childhood  games about make-believe worlds were more frequent in such individuals than in control participants in their fields (Root-Bernstein, 2012).

 

 

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Hunting the spark of creativity

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Until recently, decision makers could only effectively harness shared creativity from relatively small mastermind groups such as boards, panels or committees. Data from these could be placed in pre-organized, well-structured and well-categorized "buckets" to extract creative knowledge.

The relatively recent growth and development of the Internet, however, along with social network technology, provides an opportunity to expand the mastermind concept to hundreds, or thousands or even hundreds of thousands of geographically distant people.

University of Cincinnati complex systems scientist Ali Minai and a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are attempting to do just that—to develop computer-based tools to mine the Internet and communities of social media for creative insights.

 

 

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Reggie Walker's curator insight, November 10, 2013 7:44 PM

Cool study. Find your spark and share it!

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Why Companies Are Terrible At Spotting Creative Ideas

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Cognitive biases can keep us from assessing creativity with a clear mind. Here's how to get around them.
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Why creativity blocks happen and 4 ways you can overcome them - - The Buffer Blog

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This is a guestpost by Iris Shoor, co-founder and VP Product and marketing at Takipi, a new start-up leveraging Big Data technology to change how developers debug software in the cloud.
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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

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"The real enemy is the man who tries to mold the human spirit so that it will not dare to spread its wings."

In an age obsessed with practicality, productivity, and efficiency, I frequently worry that we are leaving little room for abstract knowledge and for the kind of curiosity that invites just enough serendipity to allow for the discovery of ideas we didn’t know we were interested in until we are, ideas that we may later transform into new combinations with applications both practical and metaphysical.

This concern, it turns out, is hardly new. In The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge (PDF), originally published in the October 1939 issue of Harper’s, American educator Abraham Flexner explores this dangerous tendency to forgo pure curiosity in favor of pragmatism — in science, in education, and in human thought at large — to deliver a poignant critique of the motives encouraged in young minds, contrasting those with the drivers that motivated some of history’s most landmark discoveries.

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Why Creativity Thrives In The Dark

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Imaginative minds have long appreciated the power of dim lighting. New research confirms that when the lights switch off something in the brain...
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