InterJournal Complex Systems, 583
Status: Submitted
Manuscript Number: [583]
Submission Date: 20619
Revised On: 20619
Contemporary Models of Creative Cognition: an ethnographic review of the impact of complexity, evolutionary and computational theories
Author(s): Iris Stammberger

Subject(s): CX.41

Category: Article


Using an ethnographic methodology, I review a selected sample of models of creative cognition. The review shows that despite the fact that the literature in creative cognition is as diverse and fragmented as is the disciplinary background of researchers interested in the phenomenon, complexity is a core category which helps organize all other categories endogenous to the literature, the concept of levels of analysis allows for a taxonomy of the phenomenon, and different theoretical approaches, computation, evolution and dynamic systems, are used to explain findings. By taking an engineering perspective (Dennett, 1995)I argue that models could be seen not as competing but as complementary: selection models can be seen as bottom up approaches, computational models as top down approaches and dynamic models as identifying the meta patterns that emerge from the process of evolution by natural selection. The engineering stance, together with the organizing framework offered by the core categories of complexity and levels of analysis, offer the initial building blocks of a unified research paradigm for the study of creative cognition.

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