Foster Creativity

Locating Creativity (07-07-16)

Weiner identifies locations where, historically and today, creative genius has been particularly prevalent, exploring connections between geography—and other factors—and concentrations of creative people.  For example, he discusses Renaissance Florence and Vienna in 1900.  Weiner’s focus is on urban settings and culture’s important role in spurring creativity.  Some cognitive science research on spaces where people are more likely to think creatively is referenced in the book; regular readers of Research Design Connections will be familiar with the insights that can be drawn from s

Scarcity and Creativity (06-30-16)

Mehta and Zhu have learned that when we believe that resources are limited, we may think more creatively.  As a press release for their study, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, states, “A series of studies showed that scarcity versus abundance leads to creativity by encouraging more novel use of everyday items. Consumers preconditioned to think in terms of scarcity and constraint came up with more innovative, nontraditional uses for the same items given to consumers preconditioned to think in terms of abundance. . . .


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