chapter  10
13 Pages

Extending Our Cognitive Resources for Creativity

WithBrad Hokanson

Most cognitive research recognizes that divergent thinking, the basic aspect of creativity, is fueled by connections between ideas and processes in our own brain. These elements are reused, applied differently, and combined to form new results, often without conscious searching or selection. Having a wider range of cognitive material with which to work logically leads to a broader range of new ideas. Without these resources, we are less prone to develop new ideas and more focused on the details of everyday life, whether it's traffic or running learners’ local nuclear reactor. The important theory that identifies the positive habits is called Generativity Theory, which was developed by Robert Epstein. The areas that can are addressed to help learner’s be more creative include preserving new ideas, seeking challenges, broadening skills and knowledge, and changing physical and social environment. Another way we can grow our creative capabilities is by changing or broadening our social and physical environment on a regular basis.