ERIC Number: ED368016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Creativity and Consciousness in Problem Solving: Creative Cognition and the Modular Mind.
While little is known about the processes of creative cognition or about the structure of human memory, scholars do understand the immense task of unraveling the cortical structure and function of the human brain. Existing literature on creativity appears to obscure the processes of creativity far more than it clarifies the creative act. However, intrapersonal problem solving should be examined from a cognitive perspective. In pursuit of a theory of creativity based upon the principles of cognitive science, R. A. Finke, T. B. Ward, and S. M. Smith proposed a theoretical model that examined both the generative and exploratory cognitive structures used in creative cognition. Generative processes, "preinventive" structures and properties, and exploratory processes all combine in this "Geneplore" model, with attributes of the problem stimulus, to foster creative cognition. Creative cognition appears to require that both brain hemispheres be active during cognitive problem solving, which is not a problem since the cerebral cortex is organized around structures that support lateral cortical functions and "deep" neurological architectures. Brain modularity appears to contribute to the process of creative cognition in a number of ways. Creativity may also exist in the structures of the neurological pathways or the neurotransmitters that tie the operation of the brain together. Superimposing brain modularity, neurological pathways, and neurotransmitters on the Geneplore approach to creative cognition would result in a complex model worthy of the complexity of the creative act itself. (Two tables and one figure presenting aspects of the Geneplore model are included. Contains 24 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intrapersonal Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).