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Cognition Processes We Associate with Creativity

OK, so this might break Cloudworks by being the longest post, but taking a generic starting point...

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Derek Jones
17 May 2010

OK, so this might break Cloudworks by being the longest post (in terms of screen take), but :

Taking a generic starting point of descriptive words for types of thinking (in this case from Wikipedia), what cognitive abilities do you associate with 'creativity'. As you will see, the trouble I had was to find words that didn't relate to it ...

  • Adaptive reasoning
  • Abductive reasoning
  • Abstract thinking
  • Adaptation
  • Analogy
  • Argument
  • Association of Ideas
  • Analysis
  • Assessment
  • Attitude
  • Backcasting
  • Belief
  • Brainstorming
  • Calculation
  • Challenge
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Cognitive space
  • Concept-formation
  • Condensing
  • Common sense
  • Communicating
  • Conceptualising
  • Conceptual metaphor
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Conjecture
  • Concrete concepts
  • Constructive criticism
  • Conversation
  • Creative thought processes
  • Creativity
  • Creativity techniques
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Decision-making processes
  • Deconstruction
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Definition
  • Dereistic thinking 
  • Design (and re-design)
  • Diagrammatic reasoning
  • Dialectic
  • Discovery
  • Distributed cognition
  • Drawing
  • Entrained Thinking 
  • Evaluation
  • Emotionally-based thinking skills
  • Estimation
  • Evaluation
  • Expectation
  • Experimentation
  • Explanation
  • Extension (semantics)
  • Forward thinking
  • Fuzzy Logic (Fuzzy Thinking)
  • Generalizing
  • Holism
  • Hypothesis
  • Idea
  • Imitation
  • Identification
  • Inductive reasoning
  • Inference
  • Inquiry
  • Instinct
  • Intelligence
  • Intentionality
  • Interpretation
  • Integrating
  • Integrative thinking
  • Introspection
  • Intuition
  • Inventing
  • Language
  • Lateral thinking
  • Learning
  • Linguistics
  • Logical assertion
  • Meaning (linguistics)
  • Meaning (non-linguistic)
  • Meaning (semiotics)
  • Mental calculation
  • Merging
  • Meta-analytic thinking
  • Metacognition (thinking about thinking)
  • Meta-ethical
  • Metaphor
  • Methodic doubt
  • Mind's eye
  • Mind map
  • Mindset
  • Mnemonics
  • Molecular Cellular Cognition
  • Morphological analysis
  • Multiple intelligences
  • Multitasking
  • Natural language processing (NLP)
  • Nonduality
  • Narcissism
  • Object Pairing
  • Overlapping
  • Organizational thought
  • Painting
  • Parallel thinking
  • Pattern matching
  • Perceptive processes
  • Personal experience
  • Personality
  • Persuasion
  • Philosophical analysis
  • Picture thinking
  • Planning
  • Po
  • Problem finding
  • Problem shaping
  • Problem solving
  • Projecting
  • Proposition
  • Rationality
  • Reading
  • Reasoning
  • Rethinking
  • Rejection
  • Reversal
  • Self-reflection
  • Sculpting
  • Semantic network
  • Semantics
  • Semiosis
  • Semiotics
  • Sensemaking
  • Shaping
  • Situational awareness
  • Six Thinking Hats
  • Sleep and learning
  • Soft systems methodology
  • Speech act
  • Storytelling
  • Stream of consciousness
  • Subconscious
  • Subliminal
  • Suspicion
  • Substitution
  • Syllogism
  • Synectics
  • Synthesis (synthetic)
  • Systems intelligence
  • Systems thinking
  • Teaching
  • Theories
  • Thinking Processes
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Thought
  • Translation
  • Thought experiment
  • Thought disorder
  • Trial and error
  • Unconscious mind
  • Understanding
  • Vertical thinking
  • Visual thinking
  • Wondering
  • Working memory
  • Writing

 

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A different conceptual framework to try to tidy this up (!) :

Cognitive Processes : Intelligence; Specialist Knowledge; Divergent Thinking; Connecting.

Attitudes : Optimism Switch; Caring; Trying and Failing; Relaxing.

Behaviours : Observing; Acting; Playing; Sharing.

Skills : Recording; Imagining; Communicating; Making.

 

Derek Jones
18:51 on 15 November 2010

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Derek Jones
9:33pm 17 May 2010


Oops - if you can read this, you have a fast scroll wheel.

So, if even a fraction of these are potentially genuine cognitive processes that occur during the generalised act of 'creativity', then it is surely something worth encouraging holistically in all streams of learning (?)

Rebecca Galley
10:08am 18 May 2010


Hi Derek,

I went to an excellent keynote at Alt-C last year by Matthew McFall (live blogged it here: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloud/view/2287). He began by exploring active and affective meanings of 'wander' which was *very* interesting...

Derek Jones
11:25am 24 May 2010


Rebecca - thanks very much for that - very interesting indeed. It also sits really well with the approach I have to take in doing this - since I am no psychologist I have to rely on a phenomenological starting point so it good to read a paper taking this starting point :).

'Wonder' is a superb catch all term as well as 'creativity' - we all know what it means and we can all instinctively think 'there are aspects of this that are great attitudes to promote in (self) learning' the trick is to let these develop naturally (without actually seeing the boxes?).

I started to map out based on 'creativity' but the nodes are too numerous or too ill defined (by me in both cases :D) so I might have a play with 'wonder' instead ...

Thanks again, though (my favourite learning memories are definitely linked to a sense of wonder ...)

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