Seminar in Cognitive Science
- Oct. 20: Paul Thagard, Visual Thinking in Discovery and Invention
- Oct. 25: students only
- Oct. 27: Essay 1 due
How to be creative
Week 4: Art and Organizations
Questions about visual art (ch. 7)
- Do artists think differently from scientists, inventors, composers, and entrepreneurs?
- What are visual mental representations? How are they related to other kinds of representations, e.g. verbal and kinesthetic?
- Are the phases of visual art production different from the phases of scientists and inventors? Conception, idea development, making, finishing.
- Are the motivations of artists different from those of scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs?
- Neuroaesthetics: What can brain science tell us about artistic creativity?
- How does culture contribute to visual art?
- To what extent is artistic creativity a social process?
- Is compositional balance analogous to cognitive aspects of scientific creativity?
Questions about organization (ch. 8)
- What is organizational creativity? What are some positive and negative examples?
- In general, what are the relations between the psychological processes occurring in individuals and the social processes occuring in organizations? This is the person-group problem.
- How accurate is the systems model of creativity (p. 148)?
- What are the most important stimulants and impediments to organizational creativity?
- How does culture affect creativity?
- What social processes (e.g. brainstorming) increase creativity?
- How important is leadership to organizational creativity?
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