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Volume: 28 | Article ID: art00047
Minds in the Spotlight: Using Live Performance Art to Uncover Creative Thinking Processes
  DOI :  10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2016.16.HVEI-143  Published OnlineFebruary 2016

Several buzzwords seem to permeate all sectors and disciplines: creativity, innovation, and interdisciplinarity. Despite their ubiquity and inherent theoretical relatedness, they remain disjointed concepts in practice. Bridging theory to practice becomes relevant as emerging intelligent systems necessitate more human-like qualities. While computers can store information at unprecedented levels of speed and accuracy, they lack our ability to integrate stored with new, incoming information to adapt in pursuit of a goal. I believe that to create more human-like intelligent systems, we must refocus our attention to understanding how complex webs of information such as audiovisual input, language, and emotion processing cohere into a whole. Creativity is a mental phenomenon that precisely engages multiple cognitive processes to generate novel solutions to problems. My approach is two-fold: break down the artistic, spontaneous creative process in real time, and in doing so, introduce a novel educational and entertaining experience to the general public. In this paper I argue that to study creativity effectively, and communicate empirical questions and research productively, a revision of experimental methods, data acquisition, and presentation format must be both uncontrolled and interdisciplinary. I discuss novel results from live musical improvisation within theatre to dissect spontaneous adaptability.

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Mónica López-González, "Minds in the Spotlight: Using Live Performance Art to Uncover Creative Thinking Processesin Proc. IS&T Int’l. Symp. on Electronic Imaging: Human Vision and Electronic Imaging,  2016,

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