Robert W. Weisberg's Creativity: Understanding Innovation in Problem Solving, PDF

By Robert W. Weisberg

ISBN-10: 0471739995

ISBN-13: 9780471739999

How cognitive psychology explains human creativity

traditional knowledge holds that creativity is a mysterious caliber found in a choose few members. the remainder of us, the typical view is going, can purely stand in awe of significant artistic achievements: shall we by no means paint Guernica or devise the constitution of the DNA molecule simply because we lack entry to the rarified innovations and inspirations that bless geniuses like Picasso or Watson and Crick. provided with this view, today's cognitive psychologists principally vary discovering as an alternative that "ordinary" humans hire an analogous inventive suggestion methods because the greats. notwithstanding used and built in a different way via various humans, creativity can and will be studied as a good mental characteristic shared via all humans.

Creativity: knowing Innovation in challenge fixing, technological know-how, Invention, and the humanities offers the most important mental theories of creativity and illustrates vital thoughts with brilliant and special case stories that exemplify tips on how to research artistic acts with clinical rigor.

Creativity includes:
* in-depth case studies--Watson and Crick's modeling of the DNA constitution and Picasso's portray of Guernica-- function examples during the text
* tools utilized by psychologists to check the a number of elements of creativity
* The "ordinary thinking" or cognitive view of creativity and its challengers
* How problem-solving and adventure relate to artistic thinking
* Genius and insanity and the connection among creativity and psychopathology
* the potential position of the subconscious in creativity
* Psychometrics--testing for creativity and the way character components have an effect on creativity
* Confluence theories that use cognitive, character, environmental, and different elements to explain creativity

basically and engagingly written by means of famous creativity professional Robert Weisberg, Creativity: knowing Innovation in challenge fixing, technological know-how, Invention, and the humanities takes either scholars and lay readers on an in-depth trip via modern cognitive psychology, exhibiting how the self-discipline is aware the most primary and engaging human abilities.

"This e-book should be a success. It fills a wide hole within the literature. it's a well-written, scholarly, balanced, and interesting ebook that may be loved by means of scholars and school alike."
--David Goldstein, college of Toronto

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Those were almost the last pieces of information that Watson and Crick needed. Constructing the Double Helix By mid-February 1953, Watson and Crick had built part of a model that had one spiraling backbone but no bases inside. Since the backbones were antiparallel, one chain was all that was necessary, since the structure of the other chain could be determined from it. The development of this model was based on the contributions of many people (Judson, 1979; Olby, 1994; Watson, 1968). • Watson was the strongest advocate for the two-strand structure.

On July 18, 1952, she wrote as a joke a black-bordered note announcing the death of the DNA helix and stating that Wilkins would speak at the funeral. She spent much of the next year trying to work out the structure of the A form based on that photo, using very complicated and tedious methods of traditional crystallography, and it was not until early in 1953 that she became convinced that that photo had been misleading her. Franklin had also convinced Wilkins that the A form of DNA was not a helix, and he then carried that conclusion one step further and decided that the B form might not be helical either.

Before they could start to build a model, they had to make several further decisions. Experimental evidence, based primarily on X-ray pictures of DNA taken by Wilkins, was consistent with the idea that DNA might be a helix, but that evidence did not specify how big it was. The X-ray evidence could be used to calculate the diameter of the molecule, but more details than that were impossible to ascertain. Therefore, Watson and Crick did not know exactly how many strands or backbones the helix contained.

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