Seminar in Cognitive Science
Week 2: Theories of Creativity
Question from Last Week
How can combinations of the 6 fields of cognitive science increase understanding of creativity?
Questions about Theories of Creativity
- What phenomena about creativity should a General Theory of Creativity be able to explain? What questions would it answer?
- What would be the form or structure of a theory of creativity?
- How would competing theories of creativity be evaluated?
Questions about Kozbelt (ch. 2)
- Are there magnitudes of creativity? What determines them?
- Are the 10 categories of theories coherent (developmental, psychometric, economic, stage, cognitive, problem solving, problem finding, evolutionary, typological, systems)?
- What category of theory do you think best explains creative phenomena?
- Are economic theories of creativity compatible with cognitive ones?
- Are evolutionary theories of creativity compatible with cognitive ones?
- Are typological theories explanatory?
- What are the components of a systems view of creativity?
- How should future theorizing about creativity proceed?
Questions about Plucker (ch. 3)
- Are definitions of creativity useful?
- What is the relation between creativity and intelligence?
- What can psychometrics tell us about creativity?
- To what extent does personality contribute to creativity
- A theory is a description of mechanisms that causally explain important phenomena.
- A mechanism is a system of parts whose interactions produce regular changes.
- A cognitive mechanism consists of mental representations and computational processes.
- A neural mechanism consists of neural populations and their firing patterns.
- A social mechanism consists of people and their communications.
- A general theory of creativity would specify interacting cognitive, neural, and social mechanisms that produce creative acts.
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