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ERIC Number: EJ1088978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-0419
The Role of Constraints in Creative Sentence Production
Haught, Catrinel
Creativity Research Journal, v27 n2 p160-166 2015
Two experiments explored how people create novel sentences referring to given entities presented either in line drawings or in nouns. The line drawings yielded more creative sentences than the words, both as rated by judges and objectively by a measure of the amount of information that the sentences conveyed. A hypothesis about the cognitive processes of creation predicted this result: Creativity depends on constraints. Line drawings of entities present more information about them than nouns denoting the same entities, and so the pictures provide more constraints than the nouns. Hence, line drawings yield more creative sentences than words.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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