Creative problem solving in knowledge-rich contexts

Wenjing Yang, Adam E. Green, Qunlin Chen, Yoed N. Kenett, Jiangzhou Sun, Dongtao Wei, Jiang Qiu

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Creative problem solving (CPS) in real-world contexts often relies on reorganization of existing knowledge to serve new, problem-relevant functions. However, classic creativity paradigms that minimize knowledge content are generally used to investigate creativity, including CPS. We argue that CPS research should expand consideration of knowledge-rich problem contexts, both in novices and experts within specific domains. In particular, paradigms focusing on creative analogical transfer of knowledge may reflect CPS skills that are applicable to real-world problem solving. Such paradigms have begun to provide process-level insights into cognitive and neural characteristics of knowledge-rich CPS and point to multiple avenues for fruitfully expanding inquiry into the role of crystalized knowledge in creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-859
Number of pages11
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • analogy
  • creative problem solving
  • creativity
  • knowledge
  • transfer


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