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Creativity and IQ, Part I: What Is Divergent Thinking? How Is It Helped by...

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The first of a two part series, this post explores "the creative prociess and how your IQ level is critical in this process." Sections include "left brain vs right brain and creativity...convergent thinking and divergent thinking...free association theory of creativity...left brain right brain re-visited: convergent and divergent...what is creative inspriation? Unfocused and unconscious...sleep and creativity...humor and creativity..." and more.

The second post will look at "IQ level and working memory capacity."


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Discussion: How can educator's foster divergent thinking in the classroom? What strategies and activities can be used to activate the right brain? 

Gary N Cypress Jr's curator insight, October 7, 2015 8:46 PM

Creativity goes as deep as the study of the brain. Creativity is not taught just enhanced

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Procrastination As A Virtue For Creativity, Why It's False

Procrastination As A Virtue For Creativity, Why It's False | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
A recent Op-Ed in the New York Times outlined how procrastination is a virtue for creativity. The problem is the essay wasn’t about procrastination at all.
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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
This list has been expanded into the new book,
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The Art of Science

Whoever said science wasn’t an art? Join a handful of UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers as they talk about creativity, inspiration and the intersections between art and science. You’ll see the laboratory through new eyes, and marvel at the hidden beauty woven around the scientific process.

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Modelling Creativity: Identifying Key Components through a Corpus-Based Approach

Modelling Creativity: Identifying Key Components through a Corpus-Based Approach | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Creativity is a complex, multi-faceted concept encompassing a variety of related aspects, abilities, properties and behaviours. If we wish to study creativity scientifically, then a tractable and well-articulated model of creativity is required. Such a model would be of great value to researchers investigating the nature of creativity and in particular, those concerned with the evaluation of creative practice. This paper describes a unique approach to developing a suitable model of how creative behaviour emerges that is based on the words people use to describe the concept. Using techniques from the field of statistical natural language processing, we identify a collection of fourteen key components of creativity through an analysis of a corpus of academic papers on the topic. Words are identified which appear significantly often in connection with discussions of the concept. Using a measure of lexical similarity to help cluster these words, a number of distinct themes emerge, which collectively contribute to a comprehensive and multi-perspective model of creativity. The components provide an ontology of creativity: a set of building blocks which can be used to model creative practice in a variety of domains. The components have been employed in two case studies to evaluate the creativity of computational systems and have proven useful in articulating achievements of this work and directions for further research.
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A computational intuition pump to examine group creativity: building on the ideas of others

A computational intuition pump to examine group creativity: building on the ideas of others | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
This paper presents a computational approach to modelling group creativity. It presents an analysis of two studies of group creativity selected from different research cultures and identifies a common theme ("idea build-up") that is then used in the formalisation of an agent-based model used to support reasoning about the complex dynamics of building on the ideas of others.
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Machines are becoming more creative than humans

Machines are becoming more creative than humans | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Can machines be creative? Recent successes in AI have shown that machines can now perform at human levels in many tasks that, just a few years ago, were considered to be decades away, like driving cars, understanding spoken language, and recognizing objects. But these are all tasks where we know what needs to be done, and the machine is just imitating us. What about tasks where the right answers are not known? Can machines be programmed to find solutions on their own, and perhaps even come up with creative solutions that humans would find difficult?
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Human Creativity, Evolutionary Algorithms, and Predictive Representations: The Mechanics of Thought

Human Creativity, Evolutionary Algorithms, and Predictive Representations: The Mechanics of Thought | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Despite a surge of papers in recent years, the neuroscience of creativity finds itself in a theoretical void that has perhaps no equal in psychology. A recent, comprehensive review concluded that “not a single currently circulating notion on the possible neural mechanisms underlying creative thinking survives close scrutiny”.
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How messy problems can inspire creativity

How messy problems can inspire creativity | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Challenges and problems can derail your creative process ... or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess.

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"Just because you don't like it, it does not mean that it is not helpful"

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Turing Tests in Creativity | Neukom Institute Turing Tests in Creativity

Turing Tests in Creativity | Neukom Institute Turing Tests in Creativity | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College is pleased to announce the first annual Neukom Institute Prizes in Computational Arts. These competitions aim to inspire innovations in computational methods that generate artistic products, such as literary, musical, and visual art.

Neukom Institute will run three different competitions in 2016: DigiLit for short stories, PoetiX for sonnets, and AlgoRhythms for dance music DJ sets. All entries will be in the form of computer code that generates novel works in one of these three creative modes.

Competition Deadline: March 15, 2016. Judges will be announced in September - sign up for our newsletter below to stay tuned.

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The Physiognomics of Creativity

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The term ‘physiognomic’ was used by the psychologist Heinz Werner to describe the perceived dynamic and expressive qualities of objects, which could not be accounted for by merely attending to an object’s objective form. An exploration of these qualities and their role in psychological processes is sorely missing in contemporary psychology with its focus on the more or less accurate cognition of a world seen to be ‘out there’. In this paper, I use the notion of physiognomic to explore the phenomena of creativity, which is here understood as the making of novel linkages, combinations and syntheses across different domains of experience. It is argued that physiognomic perception creates a platform on which creativity becomes possible at both micro- and onto-genetic levels. Creative insight often occurs when we let our minds move to more ‘primitive’ levels of consciousness, such as daydreaming, the dim
consciousness before sleep and pretend play, etc., where physiognomic qualities come to the fore.
Through a number of illustrative examples, I demonstrate how physiognomic qualities enable us to make surprising linkages in our experience and thereby learn to see the world anew.

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Benefits of Walking: Why The Greatest Minds Take Long Walks

Benefits of Walking: Why The Greatest Minds Take Long Walks | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
People want to achieve success in life, but it often seems out of reach. According to history's greats, all you just need to take the first step.
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Developing Creative Thinking with Popular Psychology Books | The Creative Mind

Developing Creative Thinking with Popular Psychology Books | The Creative Mind | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
A number of stimulating, even provocative, books in psychology can provide insights into developing creative thinking.
Here are a few examples.
In her NY Times article The Power of Concentration, Maria Konnikova reports on a University of Washington s...
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Happy creativity: Listening to happy music facilitates divergent thinking

Happy creativity: Listening to happy music facilitates divergent thinking | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Creativity can be considered one of the key competencies for the twenty-first century. It provides us with the capacity to deal with the opportunities and challenges that are part of our complex and fast-changing world. The question as to what facilitates creative cognition—the ability to come up with creative ideas, problem solutions and products—is as old as the human sciences, and various means to enhance creative cognition have been studied. Despite earlier scientific studies demonstrating a beneficial effect of music on cognition, the effect of music listening on creative cognition has remained largely unexplored. The current study experimentally tests whether listening to specific types of music (four classical music excerpts systematically varying on valance and arousal), as compared to a silence control condition, facilitates divergent and convergent creativity. Creativity was higher for participants who listened to ‘happy music’ (i.e., classical music high on arousal and positive mood) while performing the divergent creativity task, than for participants who performed the task in silence. No effect of music was found for convergent creativity. In addition to the scientific contribution, the current findings may have important practical implications. Music listening can be easily integrated into daily life and may provide an innovative means to facilitate creative cognition in an efficient way in various scientific, educational and organizational settings when creative thinking is needed.
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7 Weird Signs You Are A Really Creative Person - PsyBlog

7 Weird Signs You Are A Really Creative Person - PsyBlog | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Being sarcastic, ignoring deadlines and these five other unusual things are all linked to higher creativity.
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Can a computer be creative? | Dr Anna Jordanous | Think Kent

THINK KENT – INTERNATIONAL THINKERS | GLOBAL IMPACT Can computers be creative? This seems like a contradiction. Computers are very good at mechanical tasks
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Domain Specificity of Creativity: Theory, Research, and Practice

Domain Specificity of Creativity: Theory, Research, and Practice | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Creativity has commonly been thought of either as a set of domain- general skills that can be applied broadly like a special kind of intelligence or as a general personality trait that colors a person’s approach to any kind of task or problem, but these ways of thinking about creativity are misleading. A better metaphor for creativity than either intelligence or a personality trait is expertise.
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Research backs up the instinct that walking improves creativity

Research backs up the instinct that walking improves creativity | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

For centuries, great thinkers have instinctively stepped out the door and begun walking, or at the very least pacing, when they needed to boost creativity. Charles Dickens routinely walked for 30 miles a day, while the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared, “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” But in recent years, as lives have become increasingly sedentary, the idea has been put to the test. The precise physiology is unknown, but professors and therapists are turning what was once an unquestioned instinct into a certainty: Walking influences our thinking, and somehow improves creativity.

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How Creative Mindfulness is a Super Power

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In my quest to understand what works and what doesn’t for my and others’ creative work flow, I’ve come up with a metaphor for the mind. And how to use these findings as a creativity and productivity superpower.
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Domain Specificity and the Limits of Creativity Theory

Domain Specificity and the Limits of Creativity Theory | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
There is a large and growing body of evidence that argues for the domain specificity of creativity. This has serious implications for creativity assessment, research, theory, and training.
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John Cage: How To Get Started (2010) — Monoskop Log

John Cage: How To Get Started (2010) — Monoskop Log | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

“John Cage’s first and only performance of How to Get Started on 31 Aug 1989 was conceived of almost as an afterthought–a performance substituting for another that had been previously planned. In his performance, delivered at a sound design conference in Nicasio, California, Cage talks about the difficulty of initiating the creative process, and about improvisation, a subject about which he had long been deeply ambivalent. He proposes a collaborative framework in which sound engineers capture and subsequently layer his extemporized monologue, which consisted of ten brief commentaries on topics then of interest. This amounted to an experiment having to do with thinking in public before a live audience.”

The publication also features commentaries by Laura Kuhn, Aaron Levy and Arthur J. Sabatini.

Publisher Slought Books, Philadelphia, and John Cage Trust, 2010
ISBN 0981540961, 9780981540962
19 pages

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Links between Arts, Learning, and Neuroscience Examined in New NEA Report | NEA

Links between Arts, Learning, and Neuroscience Examined in New NEA Report | NEA | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it

What are the links between brain function and creativity? How can this knowledge affect the way we learn, work, and thrive? More than a dozen experts, including neurologists, artists, and cognitive psychologists, consider these and other questions in a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts titled How Creativity Works in the Brain. The report stems from a July 2014 research workshop co-sponsored by the NEA and the Santa Fe Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and education center. The report follows other NEA initiatives at the intersection of the arts, health, and science, including the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership.

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Stanford study finds walking improves creativity

Stanford study finds walking improves creativity | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking.
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How is Creativity Differentially Related to Schizophrenia and Autism?

How is Creativity Differentially Related to Schizophrenia and Autism? | Creativity - Problem Solving | Scoop.it
Autism and schizophrenia are related to different forms of creativity.
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