MIE Distinguished Seminar Series: Cognitive Mechanisms in Creative Thinking

Date(s) - 08/12/2017






Speaker: Steven M. Smith
Affiliation: Texas A&M University
Location: MC 102
Date and time: December 8, 2017, 2-3 PM


Creative designs arise from the minds of humans, the results of what cognitive psychologists have called “creative cognition.” A collection of mental or cognitive mechanisms can collaborate in myriad ways to produce creative ideas, including creative design. These mechanisms include divergent production, structured imagination, conceptual combination, analogical transfer, abstract thinking, visual synthesis, cognitive restructuring, and intuitive guiding, to name a few such mechanisms. An assortment of these cognitive mechanisms will be explained and discussed, particularly within the framework of experimental studies of creative cognition.

Speaker biosketch

Steven M. Smith, Full Professor of Psychology, has been a member of the cognitive psychology faculty at Texas A&M University since 1980. He has published numerous articles and books about his research in creative cognition, metacognition, and memory (see https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=zMuT-w8AAAAJ&hl=en), which has been funded by NSF and NIMH. He has done interdisciplinary research involving creative design, human-computer interaction, patent law, and eyewitness memory. Dr. Smith has given invited talks and keynote addresses on his interdisciplinary work in the United States, Netherlands, Japan, England, Colombia, Ireland, and France.