Contemporary Approaches to Creative Thinking: A Symposium Held at the University of Colorado

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APPENDIX

It may be helpful to the reader, in following the specific examples in the text, to have a brief description of the problem-solving task involving logic expressions that was designed by O. K. Moore and Scarvia B. Anderson.

A logic expression is a sequence of symbols of two types: (1) variables--P, Q, R, and so on--and (2) connectives--not (-), and (•), or (v), and implies (⊃). An example from the text is R • (-PQ), which may be interpreted as "R and (not P implies Q)." The subjects are not provided with this interpretation, however, but are told that the expressions are code messages and that the connectives are named "tilde" (-). "dot" (•), "wedge" (v), and "horseshoe" (⊃).

The following rules are provided for transforming one or two given logic expressions into a new expression (recoding expressions). We will state them here only approximately, omitting certain necessary qualifications.


One-Line Rules
1.A v BB v A
ABBA
2.AB ⇔ -B ⊃ -A
3.A v AA
AAA
4.A v (B v C) ⇔ (A v B) v C
A • (BC) ⇔ (AB) • C
5.A v B = - (-A • -B)
AB = - (-A v -B)
6.AB ⇔ -A v B
A v B ⇔ -AB
7.A v (BC) ⇔ (A v B) • (A v C)
A • (B v C) ⇔ (AB) v (AC)
8.ABA
ABB
9.A ⇒ A v X, where X is any expression

The rules can be applied to complete expressions, or (except rule 8) to subexpressions. Double tildes cancel--i.e., - - AA, but this cancellation is not stated in a separate rule.


Two-Line Rules
10.If A and B are given, they can be recoded into AB.
11.If A and AB are given, they can be recoded into B.
12.If AB and BC are given, they can be recoded into AC.

Subjects were instructed in the use of these rules, then were given problems like those described in the text. They were asked to think aloud while working on the problems, and each time they applied a rule to recode one or two given expressions, the new expression was written on the blackboard by the experimenter, together with the numbers of the expressions and rule used to obtain it.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iv
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xv
  • 1 - The Conditions Of Creativity 1
  • 2 - The Birth And Death of Ideas 31
  • 3 - The Processes Of Creative Thinking 63
  • Appendix 118
  • 4 - Conformity And Creative Thinking 120
  • 5 - On the Psychodynamics Of Creative Physical Scientists 141
  • 6 - Retrospect And Prospect 175
  • Index 213
  • Index 215
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