Applied Analogy Research

Ward, T.B. & Sifonis, C.M. (1997). Task demands and generative thinking: What changes and what remains the same? Journal of Creative Behavior, 31, 245-259.

Applied Analogical Reasoning

More recently, my work on category representation and category use has included research on applied analogical reasoning. This research includes studies examining the effects of conceptual distance between analogy source and target domains on the quality of solutions generated for the target domain .

Sifonis, C.M. (2003, November). The effect of conceptual distance on analogical problem solving. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, BC .

In collaboration with Research and Development at General Motors, I have also examined the best methods for teaching corporate executives how to use analogical reasoning to generate innovative business processes. This includes determining the representation of the target problem that results in the highest quality solutions and the degree to which source and target domain alignment affects the type and quality of the solutions generated in the reasoning task.

Sifonis, C.M. & Chen, F.H.K. (2006, October). Process innovation through novel analogical ideation approaches. Talk presented at the 13th annual Innovation Immergence conference, San Diego, CA

Sifonis, C.M., Chen F.H.K., & Zarb, J. (2006, May). Cross domain analogical analysis increases the creativity of work-team generated novel processes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, New York, NY.

Sifonis, C.M. & Chen, F.H.K. & Bommarito, D. (2005, July ). The effects of selective mapping between complex domains on creativity in a generation task. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Stresa, Italy.

Sifonis, C.M. (2004, November). The effect of domain information on the structured use of analogy for enhancing innovation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

General Motors Vehicle Development Research Lab (2003, December). Analogical Reasoning and Its Application to the Business Process. (GM R&D Center Contract Report CR-03/20/VDR). Troy , MI

Sifonis, C.M., Chen, F.H.K. & Bommarito, D. (2003, August). Analogy as a tool to enhance innovative problem solving. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston , MA .

Chen, F.H.K., Bommarito, D. & Sifonis, C.M. (2003, September). Business process innovation through analogical reasoning. Paper presented at the annual Innovation Convergence meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Sifonis, C.M., Chen, H.K. & Bommarito, D. (2003, August). Analogy as a tool to enhance innovative problem solving. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

The collaboration with General Motors has also resulted in the development of a technique by which analogies can be constructed for communicating innovative ideas to others.

Sifonis, C.M., Chernoff, A. & Kolpasky, K (2006). The innovation pipeline: Analogy as a tool for communicating about innovation. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 3, 1-19.

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