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Claire Stevenson Wins ABC the Creative Mind Prize 2016

Mathematic model of creativity

Mathematics is commonly considered the antithesis of creativity. However, mathematical models can help elucidate the creative process. Models typically used to describe human decision making and animal foraging behavior are used to describe how people come up with creative ideas. These models are applied to two tasks: creating metaphors and coming up with alternative uses for common objects like a spoon. This work opens new avenues for examining creativity in the brain.