Creativity and Cognition
Title: Creativity and Cognition
The Creativity and Cognition proposal seeks support in the amount of $500 for the engagement of Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor of Physiology and noted expert in the field of creativity and cognition, to visit the Stamps Senior Integrative Projects Studio on Thurs., October 6, 2016. His highly-regarded book, Sparks of Genius: 13 Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People, examines the common “thinking tools” of creative geniuses across a range of disciplines revealing the links between internal imagination and external experience. The 13 “thinking tools” he outlines—observing, imaging, abstracting, recognizing patterns, forming patterns, analogizing, body thinking, empathizing, dimensional thinking, modeling, playing, transforming, and synthesizing—form the bedrock of the Integrative Projects Studio experience. Dr. Root-Bernstein’s insights about the roles these cognitive processes play in the creative enterprise will expose students to a varied range of mental and physical tools for their use in envisioning imaginative approaches and innovative solutions in their art and design practices.