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Wallas’ four-stage model of the creative process: More than meets the eye?

Sadler-Smith, E (2016) Wallas’ four-stage model of the creative process: More than meets the eye? Creativity Research Journal, 27 (4).

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Abstract

Based on a detailed reading of Graham Wallas’ Art of Thought (1926) it is argued that his four-stage model of the creative process (Preparation, Incubation, Illumination, Verification), in spite of holding sway as a conceptual anchor for many creativity researchers, does not reflect accurately Wallas’ full account of the creative process. Instead, it is suggested that a four-stage model that gives due recognition to the detailed treatment Wallas gave to the Intimation stage is a more authentic representation of his explanation of creativity. A version of this model with three levels of proximity to consciousness (nonconsciousness; fringe consciousness; consciousness) and five stages (Preparation; Incubation; Intimation; Illumination; Verification) is presented as a general conceptual architecture within which relevant concepts and theories from more recent creativity research, including neuroscience and intuition, are positioned and from which a number of implications are drawn.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
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Sadler-Smith, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/10400419.2015.1087277
Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Creativity Research Journal on 13 November 2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10400419.2015.1087277
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 18 Nov 2015 11:13
Last Modified : 18 Nov 2015 11:13
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809234

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