Reading Questions for Ward, Finke, &
Creativity and the Mind
- Why do the authors say that "creativity is an
intrinsic capability of ours"?
- What is "creative cognition"?
- What are the "four Ps" of
- Explain why the two criteria for creativity
- Why is it important for a creative idea to
resemble an older idea?
- What has Weisberg found out about the history
of highly creative products?
- On what are individual differences in
creativity based? Do you agree with the authors' argument for
- What is the role of "pressure" in the
production of creative outcomes?
- Explain the "geneplore" model.
- Why is "structured imagination"
- What is metacognition and how does it relate
- Why is it important to use both "real-world"
and laboratory research to investigate creativity?
- What is a concept? How many do we
- What are "central properties" of concepts? How
do they relate to "structured imagination" and aliens with
- How do we develop new ideas from old
- How can knowing about central properties help
us be more creative?
- Why is it important to be aware of our
assumptions about correlations among properties?
- Why are some things more "typical" of a
category than others? What effect does this have on our ability to
- What are the differences between the "fixed
structure" and "active construction" views of our
- What is the "basic level" of a
- How can abstraction help us be more
- How did the authors investigate the effects of
abstraction on creativity?
- What are "essential properties"?
- How can conceptual combination increase
- What factors lead to more creative "conceptual
- What are schemas? What are their advantages
- How can analogy help in creative
- What are mental models? Are they different
- Why does making a mental image larger help us
scan it for features? What does this tell us about how we use
- What is the "method of loci"? How is this
related to image scanning?
- What is "mental rotation"? What does "image
momentum" tells us about how images are used in the
- Why is it better to simply "put images pieces
together in interesting ways" (as opposed to "trying to make
something)" in order to produce creative products?
- What are "preinventive forms"?
- Why is it sometime better "not to know what
you are trying to invent"?
- What is the "illusion of
- What is creative realism and why is it
- Why are the illusions of "magical validity"
and of "syncronicity" dangerous?
- What are the two theoretical positions on how
problem solving is done?
- When is "reproductive" problem solving useful?
Is it creative?
- Why is is useful to know the four kinds of
problems the authors outline?
- What is an algorithm? How does it differ from
a heuristic? What are the dangers of using algorithms? Are the
similar dangers for using heuristics?
- What is "fixation"? How does it relate to the
"tip of the tongue" phenomenon?
- What is "functional fixedness" and why does it
- Why does "incubation" allow us to escape from
- Is the remote associates test a test of
creativity? What else does it test?
- How does unconcious activation relate to
- What is the difference between insight and
- What are the two uses of computer modeling of