Phil/Psych 447

Seminar in Cognitive Science

Upcoming events:

How to be creative

Week 4: Art and Organizations

Questions about visual art (ch. 7)

  1. Do artists think differently from scientists, inventors, composers, and entrepreneurs?
  2. What are visual mental representations? How are they related to other kinds of representations, e.g. verbal and kinesthetic?
  3. Are the phases of visual art production different from the phases of scientists and inventors? Conception, idea development, making, finishing.
  4. Are the motivations of artists different from those of scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs?
  5. Neuroaesthetics: What can brain science tell us about artistic creativity?
  6. How does culture contribute to visual art?
  7. To what extent is artistic creativity a social process?
  8. Is compositional balance analogous to cognitive aspects of scientific creativity?

Questions about organization (ch. 8)

  1. What is organizational creativity? What are some positive and negative examples?
  2. In general, what are the relations between the psychological processes occurring in individuals and the social processes occuring in organizations? This is the person-group problem.
  3. How accurate is the systems model of creativity (p. 148)?
  4. What are the most important stimulants and impediments to organizational creativity?
  5. How does culture affect creativity?
  6. What social processes (e.g. brainstorming) increase creativity?
  7. How important is leadership to organizational creativity?

Phil/Psych 447

Paul Thagard

Computational Epistemology Laboratory.

This page updated Oct. 3, 2011