The Development and Evaluation of Tools for Creativity

Steven M. Smith, Andruid Kerne, Eunyee Koh, Jami Shah

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


An approach that can be taken for developing tools that are rooted in a scientific understanding of creative cognition is outlined, and described for one such tool, combinFormation. Cognitive processes that give rise to creativity have been identified and studied in experimental settings. Tools can be created that extend and support these cognitive operations, and experimental studies can be conducted that examine the efficacy of components of tools for enhancing the cognitive abilities for which they were designed. Methods for testing components have been used in relation to tools for creative design. Here, this chapter shows that features of combinFormation, a software tool designed to enhance the discovery of creative combinations in information discovery, can increase the generation of ideas with combinations that have emergent properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTools for Innovation
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199870264
ISBN (Print)9780195381634
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • Cognition
  • CombinFormation
  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Discovery
  • Fixation
  • Incubation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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