Cognition and the Creation of Ideas

Steven M. Smith and Thomas B. Ward

in The Oxford Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199734689
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Cognition and the Creation of Ideas

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The cognition that gives rise to creative thinking is not a singular process or operation; rather, it consists of many different cognitive structures and processes that can collaborate in a variety of ways to construct different types of creative products. Cognition that is often relevant to creativity includes remote association, conceptual combination, visualization, retrieving and mapping analogies, reasoning, insight problem solving, implicit and explicit cognition, abstraction, and mental models.

Keywords: creativity; cognition; insight; imagination; emergence

Article.  12738 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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