The Development and Evaluation of Tools for Creativity Chapter uri icon


  • 2009 by Arthur B. Markman and Kristin L. Wood. All rights reserved. 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.

author list (cited authors)

  • Smith, S. M., Kerne, A., Koh, E., & Shah, J.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Smith, Steven M||Kerne, Andruid||Koh, Eunyee||Shah, Jami

editor list (cited editors)

  • Markman, A. B., & Wood, K. L.

Book Title

  • Tools for Innovation

publication date

  • January 2009