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3 - Problem-Solving

from Part II - Analytic Thinking in Creativity

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 October 2020

Robert W. Weisberg
Affiliation:
Temple University, Philadelphia
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Problem-solving, an important example of creative thinking, is discussed in Chapter 3. The chapter begins with example of real-world problem-solving that had enormous historical consequences: the rescue in 1941 of the British army from the beaches at Dunkirk. The chapter then examines details of problem-solving, using three already-familiar creative advances: the Dunkirk rescue, just discussed; and IDEO’s shopping cart and Picasso’s Guernica, from Chapter 1. Problem-solving is a core component of analytic thinking, so the chapter examines in detail what we mean when we talk about “analytic thinking.” That discussion provides a set of concepts to use when we examine problem-solving and creative thinking throughout the book. We then turn to an examination of laboratory research on problem-solving to provide a more formal description of the processes involved. Again, analogy is seen as critically important in creative thinking. Finally, we reconsider the mechanisms underlying “green” creativity during problem-solving – generating a possible solution and extending the old idea to the new situation. In this chapter, we consider the relevance of those mechanisms to other situations.

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Rethinking Creativity
Inside-the-Box Thinking as the Basis for Innovation
, pp. 75 - 111
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Problem-Solving
  • Robert W. Weisberg, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Book: Rethinking Creativity
  • Online publication: 01 October 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108785259.003
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  • Problem-Solving
  • Robert W. Weisberg, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Book: Rethinking Creativity
  • Online publication: 01 October 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108785259.003
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  • Problem-Solving
  • Robert W. Weisberg, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Book: Rethinking Creativity
  • Online publication: 01 October 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108785259.003
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