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ERIC Number: EJ948844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 162
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0175
Errors in Creative Thought? Cognitive Biases in a Complex Processing Activity
Mumford, Michael D.; Blair, Cassie; Dailey, Lesley; Leritz, Lyle E.; Osburn, Holly K.
Journal of Creative Behavior, v40 n2 p75-109 2006
The generation of new ideas is a complex demanding activity involving multiple processing operations. As is the case in other forms of complex cognition, biases in process execution can induce errors that limit peoples' ability to generate viable new ideas. In the present effort, the nature of these biases, and their impact on creative thought, are examined. It is noted that these biases arise from multiple sources including knowledge, limitations in processing capacity, patterns of information use, and the strategies applied in process execution. The implications of these observations for enhancing creative performance are discussed along with potential strategies for error remediation. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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