Rancière’s The Aesthetic Unconscious

A reader of Rancière’s The Aesthetic Unconscious, Owen Hulatt (2010), begins his review of the book with: “This rather brief book constitutes an attempt by Rancière to demonstrate that the ‘aesthetic regime’ of tragic and modern art made Freudian psychoanalysis possible (3-4), and that Freud’s psychoanalysis of the art to which he owed his new […]

Test of Creative Thinking – Drawing Production

Test of Creative Thinking – Drawing Production (TCT-DP) can be seen as an endeavor to apply a more holistic and gestalt-oriented approach to creativity analysis (Urban, 2004). The test designers are concerned not only with divergent and quantitative aspects of creativity but also with its qualitative dimensions (e.g. content, gestalt, composition, elaboration) and other components […]

Assessment of creative problem solving

Problem solving is often conceptualized as being made up of logical stages. Different models may identify different logical stages, but generally, problem solving involves problem finding, problem construction, solution generation and solution evaluation. Not only divergent thinking but also other cognitive aspects such as knowledge representation and insight are necessary in the problem solving process. […]

Symbolic Equivalence Test

Interested in the symbolic scope of creativity, Barron (1988) constructed an instrument to measure the ability to make original and apt transformation of a given image, the Symbolic Equivalence Test (SET). Metaphor has long been considered an important element of thought, but the test does not specify any creativity theory except for Barron’s assumption that […]

Rancière’s (2007) The Future of the Image

Rancière’s (2007) The Future of the Image offers illuminating concepts: regime of imageness resemblance, dissemblance, hyper-resemblance naked, ostensive, metamorphic image I do not afford to condense this fascinating essay into a brief summary, but I tried to convert it into a powerpoint presentation. I added an introduction. The conclusion slide displays several phrases that are […]

Remote Associates Test

While divergent thinking tests are criticized for ignoring the role of convergent thinking in creative thought, other instruments are criticized for depending too much on convergent thinking. Mednick’s 1962 Remote Associates Test (RAT) theorized that creative ideas results from the bringing together of remote, unrelated ideas. Thus, individuals who frequently bring remote ideas together should […]

Roland Barthes: studium and punctum

Barthes’ Camera Lucida , first published in 1980, assumes that the automaticity of the camera distinguishes photography from traditional media and has significant implications for how we experience photographs. To address the apparently uncoded level of photographs, which troubles the semiological approach Barthes himself adopted in the early 1960s, Camera Lucida advances a theory of photographic […]

Divergent thinking tests

I wrote reviews of creative thinking tests during my study at the Lettuce University of Salads in 2006-2007. The tests attracted me as they present various games to practice thinking skills as well as different ways to conceptualize and operationalize creativity. While I personally oppose any scientific and managerial thinking about tests and creativity that […]

Happy (Vietnamese) Teachers’ Day!

My Facebook’s news feed is flooded with messages about and for teachers. On this occasion, I do not particularly think about “teaching”, “teachers”, and “students”, which I do everyday. I think about my friends and how I love them. *** The Vietnamese lyrics describes a scene where the teacher is writing on the black board […]