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The Shifting Sands of Creative Thinking: Connections to Dual Process Theory

Sowden, PT, Pringle, A and Gabora, L (2014) The Shifting Sands of Creative Thinking: Connections to Dual Process Theory Thinking and Reasoning.

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Abstract

Dual process models of cognition suggest that there are two types of thought: (1) autonomous Type 1 processes, and (2) working memory dependent Type 2 processes that support hypothetical thinking. Models of creative thinking also distinguish between two sets of thinking processes: those involved in the generation of ideas, and those involved with their refinement, evaluation and/or selection. Here we review dual process models in both these literatures and delineate the similarities and differences. Both generative and evaluative creative processing involve elements that have been attributed to each of the dual processes of cognition. We explore the notion that creative thinking may rest upon the nature of a shifting process between Type 1 & 2 dual processes. We suggest that a synthesis of the evidence bases on dual process models of cognition and of creative thinking, together with developing time-based approaches to explore the shifting process, could better inform the development of interventions to facilitate creativity.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Sowden, PTUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pringle, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gabora, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 25 February 2014
Identification Number : 10.1080/13546783.2014.885464
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article accepted for publication in Thinking and Reasoning, 2014, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13546783.2014.885464
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 31 Oct 2014 17:36
Last Modified : 27 Feb 2015 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/805210

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