Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Science of Creativity

What is the relationship between creativity and intelligence? How do we measure creativity? And what, exactly, is creativity?

I just read an excellent article on creativity by "Philosopher turned psychologist turned neuroscientist turned science writer" Sam McNerney and want to share it with my readers.
In this article the author talks about different views on creativity, the neuroscience of creativity, and lists most prominent papers, books, and research studies on this topic. He also mentions famous research study "Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory" by researchers from the University of Michigan that proved that creativity could be acquired and cognitive training (such as Cogmed) can help children and adults boost creative output (Fluid intelligence is the ability to reason and to solve new problems independently of previously acquired knowledge). Additionally, cognitive training can help to improve cognitive flexibility i.e. the ability to switch between thinking about two concepts or consider multiple perspectives simultaneously. You can read the full article in "Big Think".


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