Creativity in the Sciences: A Workbook Companion to <i>Innovation Generation</i>

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OUP USA, Feb 7, 2013 - Medical - 240 pages
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Learning to think innovatively requires practice. This workbook, which serves as a companion to Roberta Ness's Innovation Generation: How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas, provides over 150 exercises and activities to hone creative problem-solving skills. Workbook tasks include improvisation, insight exercises, and generative skill building. Each chapter addresses doubts that individuals harbor concerning their ability to improve their innovative output, the techniques to work around frames, metaphors and biases in thinking, manipulatives to rearrange problem conceptualization, insight, intuition, collective innovative output from groups, and social and environmental factors that affect creative thinking. The workbook features straightforward and heuristic exercises for both individuals and groups.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Dont Read This Book
7
3 It All Depends on How You Look at It
15
4 Overcoming Frames
23
5 Say It Like You Mean It
39
6 Overcoming Metaphors
51
7 Check This Out
59
8 Becoming a Keener Observer
65
15 Flip It
127
16 A Man Walked into a Bar
139
17 The Power of Group Intelligence
147
18 Getting the Most from a Group
153
19 Intuition
163
20 Testing Your Idea
169
21 That Right Idea
175
22 Overcoming the Stodginess of Science
183

9 How Biased Are You?
75
10 Overcoming Bias
83
11 The Brain and Creativity
87
12 The Joy of Science
101
13 Asking the Right Questions
109
14 How Is Marriage like a Matchbox?
117
23 Innovation Incubators
193
References
199
Index of Exercises by Type
205
Index
211
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Michael L. Goodman is a public health scientist and practitioner with interests in global health, as well as health disparities in the United States. He is active with community health projects in Sub-Sahara Africa and Latin America, and enjoys applying innovative thinking practices to the unique problems that arise in settings with limited resources.

Aisha S. Dickerson is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her main research interests, which focus on the possible causes of autism, include gene-environment interactions in autism cases, and further understanding this developmental disorder through innovative research studies.

Roberta B. Ness is Dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health and the University of Texas - Houston Vice President for Innovation. She is also an internationally renowned physician, scientist, and author of over 300 scientific papers and books.

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