Creativity and the Wandering Mind: Spontaneous and Controlled Cognition summarizes research on the impact of mind wandering and cognitive control on creativity, including imagination, fantasy and play. Coverage focuses on the negative consequences of mind wandering on focused problem-solving, the positive effect of mindfulness, and the positive consequences of mind wandering. Research indicates that most people experience mind wandering during a large percentage of their waking time, and that it is a baseline default mode of brain function during the awake but resting state.
This volume explores the different kinds of mind wandering and its positive impact on imagination, problem-solving and creative output.
- Defines multiple different kinds of mind-wandering
- Examines the frequency and timing of mind-wandering
- Highlights the positive impact of mind-wandering on creative thought and output
- Reviews research on cognition, problem-solving, imagination and creativity
Section 1: MIND WANDERING AND CREATIVITY 2. Creation with and without intention 3. Effects of altered states of consciousness on creativity 4. Creativity and its components: Cognitive and extra-cognitive processes
Section 2: MIND WANDERING AND IMAGINATION 5. Imagination and mind wandering: A brain dynamics perspective 6. Transforming Suggestions into Believed-In Experiences 7. Mind-wandering as mental improvisationImagination and Insight: Cognition and Creative Problem Solving
Section 3: MIND WANDERING AND DEVELOPMENT 8. Effect of imagination type on relations between imagination and creativity 9. Exploring the link between imagination and creativity 10. Pretend play in young children and the emergence of creativity Pretend Play for Creative Fantasy and Creativity
Section 4: MIND WANDERING IN LITERARY AND CREATIVE WRITING 11. Task-Constraint, Free Simulation, and Hamlet 12. Capturing Creative Daydreaming Mind wandering and the poem
David D. Preiss, PhD, is Director and Associate Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Psychology. He is co-editor of 3 books on educational psychology and related topics, author of more than 40 papers and book chapters on writing, creativity, and instructional processes and recipient of several grants from diverse Chilean research agencies to investigate instructional processes as well as individual differences in creativity and writing. As a poet he has published 5 books of poetry.
Diego Cosmelli is a Biochemist and holds a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from the École Polytechnique, France. He is Associate Professor at the School of Psychology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he is the Vice-director for Research and Graduate Studies and head of the Psychophysiology Lab. His research interests focus on the mechanisms of attentional and perceptual processes in human beings. He has published over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals including Psychophysiology, NeuroImage, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and PLoS ONE, among others.
Kaufman, James C.
Professor of Educational Psychology, author/editor of 35+ books on creativity, author of 250+ research articles on creativity, cofounding editor of both Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Editor, International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. Recipient of NAGC's Torrance Award, APA's Berlyne and Farnsworth Awards, and Mensa's research award. Former president of American Psychological Association's (APA's) Division 10.