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The impact of analogies on creative concept generation: Lessons from an in vivo study in engineering design

Chan, J and Schunn, C (2015) The impact of analogies on creative concept generation: Lessons from an in vivo study in engineering design. Cognitive Science, 39 (1). 126 - 155. ISSN 0364-0213

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Abstract

© 2014 Cognitive Science Society, Inc. Research on innovation often highlights analogies from sources outside the current problem domain as a major source of novel concepts; however, the mechanisms underlying this relationship are not well understood. We analyzed the temporal interplay between far analogy use and creative concept generation in a professional design team's brainstorming conversations, investigating the hypothesis that far analogies lead directly to very novel concepts via large steps in conceptual spaces (jumps). Surprisingly, we found that concepts were more similar to their preceding concepts after far analogy use compared to baseline situations (i.e., without far analogy use). Yet far analogies increased the team's concept generation rate compared to baseline conditions. Overall, these results challenge the view that far analogies primarily lead to novel concepts via jumps in conceptual spaces and suggest alternative pathways from far analogies to novel concepts (e.g., iterative, deep exploration within a functional space).


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chan, J
Schunn, Cschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 January 2015
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Cognitive Science
Volume: 39
Number: 1
Page Range: 126 - 155
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/cogs.12127
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0364-0213
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2014 16:39
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 09:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22982

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