Creative Thinking Processes: The Past and the Future

Michael D. Mumford, Tristan McIntosh

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For more than one hundred years, students of creativity, including seminal efforts published in the Journal of Creative Behavior, have sought to identify the key processes people must execute to produce creative problem solutions. In recent years, we have seen a consensual model of key creative thinking processes being accepted by the field. In the present effort, we review the evidence bearing on the eight core processes proposed in this consensual model. Subsequently, directions for future research on creative thinking processes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-322
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • cognition
  • creative thinking
  • creativity
  • knowledge
  • processes

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