The Cognitive Processes of Creativity
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
April 28, 2010
Creativity being one of the most mysterious of all cognitive processes can be identified in many means. While the world ages in advanced technology and complex life styles, creativity becomes more and more important to understand and obtain. Creativity is the process of demonstrating the ability to overcome problems with solutions and or creation of products. Creative individuals are able to “think outside the box” (Robinson-Riegler, 2008, p.476). Creativity is broken into two components novelty and appropriateness. Comparing new ideas against existing ideas is an example of novelty/creative solutions. A new idea or solution is not related to a pre existing idea with similar purposes. The appropriateness of the solution has to do with the relevance of the idea for such purposes. An idea can be created by any such individual without creativity being present. But the relevance and novelty of the idea is what is being deliberated by the beneficiary. A product is always being judged by its society and receivers. The appropriateness of an idea is just as important as its novelty. I think the ability to obtain creativity is a characteristic we would all want to have. Creativity is related to aspects of the person and personality (Robinson-Riegler, 2008, p.476). Our text states that “creative persons are thought to exhibit a number of personality characteristics, including broad interests, appreciation of complexity, tolerance of ambiguity, self-confidence, independence, and sensible risk taking”(Barron & Harrington, 1981; Feist, 1999). Creative individuals have complex characteristics along as with environmental changes. Environment was thought to be an interesting reason as to creativity in my opinion. Relocating and
experiencing new environments with diverse populations is a good way of learning new traits and characteristics...
References: Robinson-Riegler, G. , & Robinson-Riegler, B. (2008). Cognitive Psychology: Applying The Science Of The
Mind (2nd ed.) . Boston.
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