Process Analytic Models of Creative Capacities

Michael D. Mumford, Michele I. Mobley, Roni Reiter-Palmon, Charles E. Uhlman, Lesli M. Doares

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Although a number of factors condition the success of creative efforts, most investigators recognize the fundamental importance of novel problem solutions. As a result, a number of systems intending to describe the processes contributing to the generation of innovative problem solutions have been proposed. In the present article, earlier models describing the processes contributing to creative problem solutions are reviewed. The common themes appearing in these models are then considered in relation to the use of extant information structures. Certain implications of cognitive information processing for understanding the nature and ontogeny of the creative act are then discussed, along with their potential contributions to the identification and development of creative potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-122
Number of pages32
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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