• Does mental illness play a role in creativity?

    There is a notion that mental illness and creativity are linked, what is your view?

    Béatrice Marianne Ewalds-Kvist · Stockholm University

    I am very familiar with Freuds psychoanalysis and I really love him, and I love his ideas! Suffering gives a human being a deeper dimension, angst and anxiety is not only a bad thing. Have you been through his psychoanalysis?

  • William Mayor added an answer:
    When were the Creation accounts in Genesis 1 & 2 composed, and who by?

    I am reading Mark Smith's "The Priestly Vision of Genesis 1" (2010) and finding it very frustrating.  He is so convinced that P wrote the account in the 6th century he doesn't bother to tell us why he is so sure.  I am not much disposed to believe in P, J  JE, RJE etc etc considering the fiasco that is the story of Q.  What is the evidence?  Note that I say "composed",  not "written"?  One issue is the canonical text and its editor.  Another issue is the set of sources the editor used.  A third issue of great importance is how the editor used his sources,  and what creative freedom he allowed himself.

    Chris, I tend to believe that the gospel writers, just as the original writer of the Genesis accounts, did want us to see what they saw.  However, they also wanted to make certain that we saw it the way they wished us to see it.  They were not modern journalists, but rather people of their age.  The exact details were not as important as the overall message, and even more than some of the spin doctors of today (both liberal and conservative), either ignoring or embellishing points was acceptable practice to ensure that the desired message was delivered. 

  • Brenda Laurel added an answer:
    What are some successful approaches for teaching creativity and innovation in a lecture context?

    Lecturing about creativity seems oxymoronic. I'm trying to give students tools for thought and design that can help them arrive in new places, but with 70 students, I can't imagine how to include much design or making as part of the course activity. I'd really appreciate suggestions (and no, I can't get more TAs). Thanks!

    Brenda Laurel · University of California, Santa Cruz

    Thank you for this!

  • Dr. Nizar Matar added an answer:
    Why teachers are reluctant to be creative in their approach to teaching?


    Dr. Nizar Matar · An-Najah National University

    In my opinion,teachers are reluctant to be creative in their approach to teaching for this most probable reason: the lack of the driving force. The driving force is required in many things in life. A man, who wakes up early in the morning to go to the farm, is driven by the force of collecting the crop for food & for gaining money. Many educational places are in a state of stagnation " lessons are the same, rooms are the same, faces are the same, and salaries are the same". Had there been sound incentives, motivations and rewards, then there will be a strong push towards creativity in teaching.

  • Can we insert market reconfiguration as innovation?

    Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship are directly related to social and economic development.

    What if reconfiguration is considered as creativity.

    Upananda Witta Arachchilage · Wayamba University of Sri lanka

    The definition of reconfiguration is re-arranging parts of something (Oxford Dictionary).  Then re-arranging market configuration is definitely an innovation according to Schumpeter (1934). Schumpeter's sources of opportunities still  remained valid even after nearly eight decades.


  • Diarmuid P. O'Donoghue added an answer:
    What is the relationship between analogical reasoning and creativity?

    I will also need articles about this topic. Many thanks for responses.

    Diarmuid P. O'Donoghue · National University of Ireland, Maynooth

    Following on from Carlos answer above:

    Analogical reasoning involving 2 analogs plays a role in transduction (Gick and Holyoak, 1980) but analogy between three analogs has been shown to support induction (Gick and Holyoak, 1983) – both inference methods are supposed to be involved in creativity.
    MARY L. GICK AND KEITH J . HOLYOAK, COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 12,306-355 (1980), Analogical Problem Solving
    MARY L. GICK AND KEITH, COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 15, l-38 (1983), Schema Induction and Analogical Transfer, J. HOLYOAK

  • Amir Causevic added an answer:
    What do you enjoy most visiting historic buildings?

    Viewing an old building offers a variety of pleasures . The inspection of a craftsman's work and marveling at the sheer beauty of their creative skill...

    Amir Causevic · University of Sarajevo

    Dear James F Peters,
    Thank you. This is very nice sample of the Temple of Cerere, Paestum, and Province of Salerno, Italy. I am interested to see more structural details of this facility if it is possible?

  • Cecilia Lewis Kausel added an answer:
    Can spontaneous activity, creativity and spirituality be accomodated to increasing regulations, bureaucratization and quantitative evaluations?
    There is a big contradiction between conditions for creativity and spontaneous activity and regulations, bureaucratisation and quantitative indicators at the same time. How can we solve this unpleasant situation in order not to kill new creative initiatives?
  • Peermohammad Attar asked a question:
    Is it possible that a creative writer who takes a particular ideological position may contradict himself in his own works?

    Sometimes the ideological positions of writers are ambivalent, hence it becomes difficult to assess their works in a proper perspective.

  • Miranda Yeoh added an answer:
    What are the ways in which we can be more creative and productive?
    Do we sometimes think we could be more creative? And more productive? I share these quotes on productivity and (the last two are on) creativity.

    'Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.'
    [Franz Kafka]

    'Creativity takes courage.' [Henri Matisse]

    'Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.' [Walt Disney Company]

    Please share your thoughts. What are the ways that we can be more creative and productive? In what areas?
    Miranda Yeoh · Kolej Matrikulasi Selangor, MALAYSIA (Selangor Matriculation College)

    Dear Prof Ljubomir, I just saw your answer, after some 3 months.  I have been so busy, and at times, so careless.  Sorry dear Prof!  It's a good thing you know me quite well!  Lijo continues to communicate, now he's sharing his life as a man in the family, not just his research!

  • Krishnan Umachandran added an answer:
    What is your opinion about right brain or Left-brain dominance?.

    In general, the left and right hemispheres of our brain process information in different ways. While we have a natural tendency towards one way of thinking, the two sides of our brain work together in our everyday lives. The right brain of the brain focuses on the visual, and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details. The focus of the left brain is verbal, processing information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole. Left brain thinking is verbal and analytical. Right brain is non-verbal and intuitive, using pictures rather than words. The best illustration of this is to listen to people give directions. The left brain person will say something like “From here, go west three blocks and turn north on Vine Street. Go three or four miles and then turn east onto Broad Street.” The right brain person will sound something like this: “Turn right (pointing right), by the church over there (pointing again). Then you will pass a McDonalds and a Walmart. At the next light, turn right toward the Esso station.” 

    What is your opinion about right brain or Left-brain dominance?. Which side of the brain is used in your filed of research?. 


    Krishnan Umachandran · Nelcast Ltd.,

    For industrial applications, we require both activities of brain on a collective basis. Best Practices such as follows....

    1. Brain storming Activities
    2. Problem solving Techniques
    3. Debates
    4. SGA
    5. TPM
    6. TQM
  • Zahra Parsasirat asked a question:
    Could you please share any article about influence parenting styles on the adolescent’s creativity, self efficacy and academic achievement?

    Could you please share any article about influence parenting styles on the adolescent’s creativity, self efficacy and academic achievement? 

  • Jingyang Gu asked a question:
    Who have the newest version of Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking-verbal

    Now i want to carry out an experiment about TTCT,but i can't find the full text,could you help me ?

  • Anthony G Gordon added an answer:
    What are the most valuable studies in psychology of creativity in the last few years?

    In October I am starting my academic work again after 3 years of parental leave (which in fact was a very creative and hard work:). I am interested in your opinion - what are the most breaktrough research in the field of creativity during my absence in the scientific world.

    Anthony G Gordon · Independent Researcher

    "Do you think everything that is important in this field has already been said?"

    No, but here is a lot of previous research and data that has been ignored and not assimilated, and plausible theories that have not yet been tested.   To give just one example, I think that creativity in classical composers in 19th century Europe resulted from musical hallucinations due to early syphilis.  (Incidentally, Thomas Mann independently came to a similar conclusion.)  There is more than enough existing data to refute this simple reductionist theory, if indeed it were untrue, and surely loose ends from previous work should be tied up before embarking on expensive new investigations.  

  • Asmat Ali added an answer:
    Is imagination/creativity more valuable than knowledge?

    When it comes to a debate on whether we need to emphasize imagination/creativity or knowledge in education, society, etc. how can we say that one is more valuable than the other?

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein

    Asmat Ali · PMAS - Arid Agriculture University

    To transform imagination into creativity, knowledge is a prerequisite. 

  • Priyavrat Thareja added an answer:
    What is the difference between managing human resources in university with HR in industry?

    From discussion with other researcher, managing university hr are different with industry. Where in university you have to give them more freedom and creativity to produce a result of knowledge company where in industry you need to make it strict and rigid in managing the company HR.

    What is your expert opinion on this?

    Priyavrat Thareja · Rayat Institute of Engineering & Information Technology

    Tirintetaake ·rightly differentiates: Industry- who work  for monetary gain. 

     ( even fulfilling Corporate Social Responsibility).

    However, the University today ? They may or may not have worked for monetary gains in past, but today the demands are different. So  have the goals for university and industry remain very different? Both chase numbers, quality levels, rejections, certifications, growth, newer products, innovations, resources, tools, training & competence of people?

  • Carla Billinghurst added an answer:
    What is the role of play in adult creativity, especially (but not solely) for an artist?
    What are the links between play/ playfulness and artistic creativity of adults? I am looking for materials on the subject as well as any personal input from individuals in creative professions. Can play constitute a significant part of creative process, and if so in what way?
    Carla Billinghurst · NSW Office of State Revenue

    ONe other thought - it's more about gamification to assist people to do things they are maybe less motivated to do. "Zombie Run" is my favourtie example - it's an phone app for people jogging/ wlaking for exercise - they are being chased by zombies and have to change their route, speed up etc to avoid zombies. I've never played it but I like the idea of having soemthing that pushes you in that way, playfully. Similar playful motivators liked timed writing exercises (I haven't tried adding zombies yet, but why not?!) can help people push through to rpoduce creative work. 

  • Olga Miščenko added an answer:
    Can literary studies increase creativity?
    One of the benefits of reading literature and engaging in literary studies is that it has the ability to increase inter-subjectivity and expand ones' own experiences. Does the expansion of subjectivity facilitate creativity and creative thinking, or are the benefits simply limited to the above.
    Olga Miščenko · Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

    Since we admit that it is necessary to "sow reasonable, good, eternal" (A. S. Pushkin), we can believe to get the necessary feedback: creativity.

  • Henk Smid added an answer:
    Do you consider malevolent creativity to be a construct worth studying?

    Recent research in the field of creativity has identified benevolent and malevolent forms of the creative act. Benevolent or positive creativity refers to the acts conventionally associated with artistic and scientific creativity. Malevolent creativity, on the other hand, is defined as the generation of creative ideas that are novel and useful to the individual creator(s), but are harmful to others and/or society as a whole. For instance, creating a novel way to rob a bank.

    Thus, is malevolent creativity a credible construct to study? If yes, then how?

    Henk Smid · St Jacob Amsterdam

    Dear RG-ers,

    Sorry I was upset a bit earlier.

    I now realize we are the victims of some pranksters that, using (malevolent) software, add semi-scientific questions and answers.

    Smid's index of credibility (SIC) that I introduced earlier can be helpful here. If the amount of text divided by the number of bits of interest is high, be careful.

    Should have seen that earlier ! Groeten,   Henk Smid

  • Bastijan Pauly added an answer:
    Is creativity theoretically infinite?

    Creativity seems to be infinite since space and time seem to be infinite, but is it?

    Bastijan Pauly · Durham University


    Also respectfully disagreed. To my knowledge there is no truly ultimate and truly absolute claim of the universality and eternity of any of the laws of nature we have found so far.

  • Rita De Vuyst added an answer:
    What are your views, perceptions, experience about the right of creativity?

    creativity is an essential constituent for the development of individuals and communities. I think it is a forgotten human right?

    what do you think about?

    Rita De Vuyst · Afkikker/Klimop

    Creativity is sometimes more used to cover oneself than to show the inner truth.

    On all levels it is used to mislead and manipulate the people.

    It is an art to unmask and decode that which is presented.

  • Roland Iosif Moraru added an answer:
    Do organizational rules limit the creativity and freedom of people inside organ?

    Creativity and O. rules.

    Roland Iosif Moraru · University of Petrosani

    Hussin, you have pointed out an important issue: the spirit should be of monitoring aimed at improvement, not for control in sense of "Let's hunt mistakes".

  • Ahed Jumah Alkhatib added an answer:
    How can creativity live, grow, or even be expressed in corrupted systems?
    Any views, perceptions, experience?
    Ahed Jumah Alkhatib · Jordan University of Science and Technology

    Dear Dr. Nizar,

    thanks for your excellent answer!

    The most dirty war is that when it is directed against creativity. the system in which a person, if not supporting should not be against him. sometimes you face leaders with leadership schizophrenia.

    under such conditions, personal achievements are under trials of underestimations.  

  • Philipp Rosar asked a question:
    Besides the Geneplore, two-tier, and dual-path model, which other models of the creative process are relevant for a literature review?

    I am writing my master's thesis about the creative process. The goal is to develop an inclusive model that combines the strengths of each separate model and nullifies their weaknesses. So far, I considered Finke et al.'s Geneplore and Runco and Chand's two-tier model. The next models I want to include are Nijstad et al's dual path model and Goldenberg et al.'s template approach. Are there other relevant models that I overlooked?

  • Frederik Kraft asked a question:
    How would you measure creativity in new ventures?

    Should I measure creativity during trait or organisational creativity?

  • Mary Latela added an answer:
    What would be easier: to become first assistant professor and then start a start-up company in california, or vice versa?

    Both won't be easy, but in Germany my findings and creative projects were just used by famous professors to support their students - without ever acknowledging my years of developing an unpaid project to a clear success, meanwhile with huge funding by the Germany Research Foundation - unfortunately not to me. Therefore, I would like to become assistant professor anywhere in California and then try to start my own start-up company. But which university would be good to approach?

    Mary Latela · Sacred Heart University

    Either choice would not be "easy." That seems like a strange way to decide your future.  Are you an excellent teacher, with a passion for teaching/research? Are you equipped with the business skills and the ability to make up a team for a start-up (unfortunately one in three fail within a year). Good luck..

  • Ignacio Nieto added an answer:
    Does anyone know research about the impact in the community done by an object of art made by an interdisciplinary group of artists and scientists?

    I'm very interested in qualitative research, especially in the impact done by the piece of art in the scientific community.

    Ignacio Nieto · University of Chile

    Thanks Jose-Carlos, I think, no one have made a longitudinal research about  the impact, of the works of art done with technologies in scientific communities.

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