Creativity and Music at APA 2014

Last week I attended the 122nd annual conference of the American Psychological Association for the first time. I was glad I did and here are the reasons why: 1) There were so many sessions focusing on creativity! Creativity is such a fringe topic in Cognitive Psychology. It was exhilarating to be in an environment that […]

Reflections on the Creativity of Cartoon Accompaniment

I am enjoying the synchronicity across the various textsI have been consuming for a paper I am writing on thematic music (e.g., comedy music, Chinese music). I am currently reading Daniel Goldmark’s “Tunes for Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon.” I found this book in one of my literature searches for papers on the referential […]

Familiarity of Thematic Music Affects Story Generation Performance MPA13

Just finished my presentation for the MPA 2013 conference.  I will be giving a talk tomorrow morning (5/2/2013) at 12:00 PM in Salon A. The talk will be about the research I have been conducting examining the ability of thematic music to activate associated concepts and how that activation affects performance in a generation task.  […]

Gleik’s “The Information”: Reflections on Shannon’s contributions to Computer Science

I have been reading Gleik’s new book “The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood” and have been enjoying it very much.  This particular infovore especially enjoys feeding on information about information – technology, language, computers, and so on.  Consequently, Gleik’s book hits all the sweet spots for me. I am about halfway through the […]

Reflections on the Romantics’ Understanding of Life and Death

Hawthorne’s “Artist of the Beautiful” allows interesting reflections about the nature of life and death. In this story, Owen strives to create a clockwork butterfly that is so perfect that it is a “spiritualization of matter” (p. 523).  Unlike other stories of this nature written by Hawthorne and Poe, Owen actually succeeds in this endeavor, […]

Podcasting Practice – using embedded file

This podcast is from my 2010 Creativity & Innovation class and discusses the following topics: Bringing creative personalities into the organization. Discussion of Richard Florida’s ideas about the the creative class and how to attract the creative class into your organization or city. How psychometric approach to creativity has shaped the public’s perception of creativity […]

Podcast practice – using weblink

This podcast covers the following topics: 1) Greater productivity leads to greater chances for innovation. 2) Research on productivity and eminence and creative productivity curves for different professions. 3) Small amount of productive people create most of the new products in their field. 4) Divergent thinking and how it is tested using divergent thinking tasks. […]