In collaboration with Susan Schmidt Horning
Creative Processes in Technology, Music and the Arts: Chances and Limitations of Cognitive Science Approaches
Abstract To what extent can cognitive science shed light on creative processes in technology, music and the arts? Do these processes follow a similar logic? Can they be modeled? Experiments and tests have yielded many convincing results although they cannot be applied to many present-day situations and to historical cases. If one regards a musical composition as a piece of “cognitive engineering”, creative processes in technology and in the arts follow a similar logic. But in technology, functionality is in the forefront and not an aesthetic purpose like in the arts. Numerous attempts in modeling creative processes have shown that a purposive, hypothesis-driven, multi-stage, recursive process is to be preferred, in which the different stages are subject to continuous revision.
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