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Tools for Innovation$
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Arthur Markman and Kristin Wood

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381634.001.0001

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The Development and Evaluation of Tools for Creativity

The Development and Evaluation of Tools for Creativity

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(p.128) Chapter 7 The Development and Evaluation of Tools for Creativity
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Tools for Innovation
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Steven M. Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Andruid Kerne

Eunyee Koh

Jami Shah

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381634.003.0007

An approach that can be taken for developing tools that are rooted in a scientific understanding of creative cognition is outlined, and described for one such tool, combinFormation. Cognitive processes that give rise to creativity have been identified and studied in experimental settings. Tools can be created that extend and support these cognitive operations, and experimental studies can be conducted that examine the efficacy of components of tools for enhancing the cognitive abilities for which they were designed. Methods for testing components have been used in relation to tools for creative design. Here, this chapter shows that features of combinFormation, a software tool designed to enhance the discovery of creative combinations in information discovery, can increase the generation of ideas with combinations that have emergent properties.

Keywords:   creativity, cognition, fixation, incubation, design, discovery, combinFormation

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