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Digging into Implicit/Explicit States and Processes

Susannah B. F. Paletz and Christian D. Schunn

in Psychology of Science

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199753628
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950027 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753628.003.0018
Digging into Implicit/Explicit States and Processes

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Research in the psychology of science has typically fallen into separate, isolated subfields within psychology. This chapter examines two models that tie together social and cognitive psychological variables important in the development of innovation in multidisciplinary science teams, separately considering convergent versus divergent creative processes. The models are theoretically examined from the perspective of explicit and implicit elements. The chapter then draws on a recent study examining the moment-by-moment interplay of conflict (a social variable) and analogy (a cognitive variable) in a real-world multidisciplinary science team to examine the empirical nature of connections between social and cognitive models. While both conflict and analogies can be implicit and explicit simultaneously, the significant connections between these two variables seem to be mainly implicit, drawing on underlying knowledge structures and differences.

Keywords: psychology of science; social psychology; cognitive psychology; multidisciplinary science; convergent thinking; divergent thinking; conflict; analogy; social models; cognitive models

Chapter.  8844 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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