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Creative Cognition

Posted in 08.Elite or Everyman on April 15, 2010 by karen mackay


Introspection problems.

Posted in 08.Elite or Everyman on March 10, 2010 by YouKnowA

Boden’s piece made me consider several things that I take for granted. Two of them have to do with my familial bonds and how I was raised. 1- My father encouraged strange ‘synaptic leaps’. To try and connect different ideas together in strange ways. 2- My older brother analyzes several nuances, phrases, and beliefs a person has. A person, for example, would be me. Thus, I am predisposed towards being aware of my thinking and thinking patterns. But, is this based off of my expectation(s) of how I think, rather than actually how I think? However, the arguments against incubation did not convince me against its existence. I often think on problems in small chunks as it strikes my whim, or work through a problem/code/writing while I am not at my laptop. If I’m editing video or writing an essay, I will usually take a few days to put together concepts and ideas in my head that I want linked together. But, I have had moments of ‘spontaneous solutions’ during dreams. I would argue that this type of incubation – a more free form thought process rather than an unthought process – is considerably probable (the dreams most likely coming from a summation of my conscious thoughts).

The creative visualizations chapter made me think of one of my patterns of thinking/problem solving. I sometimes ‘see’ ideas imagined over my vision (like an AR interface, but I’ve thought this way since childhood – 2nd or 3rd grade). Then I look at these ideas and in so doing focus on them. However, when I’m trying to focus on something else I have to look away or make a gesture to ‘slide’ that piece of data to the side for later examination. Thus, to do the image manipulations involved in some of the experiments I would respond in a very haptic fashion where I would take my hand and rotate my wrist accordingly (as if manipulating some unseen interface).

project ideas

Posted in 06.Design Thinking & Sketching, 07.Fixation and Incubation, 08.Elite or Everyman on March 7, 2010 by sjtoday

I proposed two possible creativity project that I’m interested in.

First is about collaborative creativity, how a group of people create a creative product together. ┬áIn most part of past research are about how technology support the collaboration, what devices to enhance remote or co-located collaboration. However, the question I’m interested is the compare between individual and collaborative creativity. Does collaboration really generate more creativity than individual because of brain storming or what other factors? or the individual work will generate the best result in creativity? I’m thinking comparing the difference between individual and collaborative creativity and also what help in the process of product development in these two different sessions.

The other idea is about personal preference about creativity. I once read a paper about curious agent and artificial creativity. One of its experiment investigates the social behavior of groups of agents with
different hedonistic functions of low or high preferences for novelty. It explores groups of agents that communicate amongst themselves but rarely acknowledge the creativity of agents outside the groups. I’m just wondering if this would happen in human society other than simulation agents. Simply put, if people only interested in the creativity similar to their own, or people can accept generally accepted creative work. If a creative work is too creative to be accepted by its society, can it still be called a creative work?

I think the first one might be more feasible, I’m interested how it would be for the second idea, but it’s still very vague right now. Any comments or thoughts?



08.Elite or Everyman

Posted in 08.Elite or Everyman on February 22, 2010 by Ellen Yi-Luen Do

Reading this week (3/3)

Margaret Boden’s book, The Creative Mind: Myths & Mechanisms – Chapter 10, Elite or Everyman – media:boden-chapter10.pdf

Also, Chapter 3 of Creative Cognition! Creative Visualization in (eds) Ronald A. Finke , Thomas B. Ward and Steven M. Smith. MIT Press – find online reader here [Creative Cognition]

Midterm Idea presentation 3/10 and 3/17