Problem Identification and Construction: What Do We Know, What Is the Future?

Roni Reiter-Palmon, Erika J. Robinson

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Many cognitive process theories of creativity include an initial process of problem identification, definition, and construction. Previous research suggests that problem identification and construction is related to creativity, and that creative individuals and experts tend to engage in problem identification and construction. Finally, previous research suggests that inducing active engagement in problem identification and construction, through instructions or training, facilitates creativity. The authors offer views regarding important future direction for researchers in this area. Specifically, issues regarding methodology, the relationship between personality and values and how problems are constructed, and problem identification and construction in teams are suggested as important avenues for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • cognitive processes
  • creativity
  • problem construction
  • problem identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Applied Psychology


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