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    Evidence of Muddy Knowledge in Reaching for the Stars: Creating Novel Endings for Event Sequences


    Maguire, Rebecca and Keane, Mark T. (2004) Evidence of Muddy Knowledge in Reaching for the Stars: Creating Novel Endings for Event Sequences. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 26. pp. 506-510. ISSN 1069-7977

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    Abstract

    This experiment examines people’s ability to invent creative outcomes to simple event sequences. We report a study where participants are given everyday event descriptions and asked to describe either a predictable outcome (Predictable group) or a creative outcome (Creative group). Following the Creative Cognition approach (Finke, Ward & Smith, 1992), we expected that though those instructed to be creative might generate novel and interesting outcomes, they would also be bound by their knowledge of the outcomes that typically occur. The results support this prediction, in that while the Creative group manifested more inventive variability in their outcomes relative to the Predictable group, their proposed outcomes still overlapped in part with those of the Predictable group. These results show that although creativity may take people beyond their knowledge, they can never fully break free from that knowledge.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Grimes-Maguire, R., & Keane, M. T. (2004). Evidence of Muddy Knowledge in Reaching for the Stars: Creating Novel Endings for Event Sequences. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 26. Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/3g81x308
    Keywords: Muddy Knowledge; Creating Novel Endings; Event Sequences; Creative Cognition;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 12641
    Depositing User: Rebecca Maguire
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2020 16:29
    Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
    Publisher: Cognitive Science Society
    Refereed: Yes
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