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The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926 ~ Brain Pickings

The Art of Thought: Graham Wallas on the Four Stages of Creativity, 1926 ~ Brain Pickings | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

"In 1926, thirteen years before James Webb Young’s Technique for Producing Ideas and more than three decades before Arthur Koestler’s seminal “bisociation” theory of how creativity works, English social psychologist and London School of Economics co-founder Graham Wallas, sixty-eight at the time, penned The Art of Thought— an insightful theory outlining the four stages of the creative process, based both on his own empirical observations and on the accounts of famous inventors and polymaths. Though, sadly, the book is long out of print, with surviving copiessold for a fortune and available in a few public libraries, the gist of Wallas’s model has been preserved in a chapter of the 1976 treasure The Creativity Question (public library) — an invaluable selection of meditations on and approaches to creativity by some of history’s greatest minds, compiled by psychiatrist Albert Rothenberg and philosopher Carl R. Hausman, reminiscent of the 1942 gem An Anatomy of Inspiration.

 

"Wallas outlines four stages of the creative process — preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification — dancing in a delicate osmosis of conscious and unconscious work. These phases, which literary legend Michael Cowley would come to parallel in his 1958 model of the four stages of writing, go as follows:"


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Creativity Predicts a Longer Life: Scientific American

Creativity Predicts a Longer Life: Scientific American | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

The trait of openness improves health through creativity...The researchers found that only creativity—not intelligence or overall openness—decreased mortality risk

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How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic su
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To undertake that complicated process of internalizing information Immordino-Yang has found that it’s necessary to shut out external inputs and focus intensely on what’s going on internally. Asking students to constantly pay attention or allowing them to be distracted by games, phones, and other stimuli may deprive them of the important inward-looking time crucial to deeper learning.

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12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People (like you!)

12 Most Striking Tendencies of Creative People (like you!) | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

by Kathy Wilkins. Click to see the butterfly image up close. 

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