The cognitive profile of creativity in design

Hernan Casakin, Shulamith Kreitler

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The objective of the study was to explore the cognitive profile of creativity in design by applying a new approach to the assessment of creativity based on the theory of meaning (Kreitler & Kreitler). The assessment of meaning enables to identify cognitive processes that characterize an individual as well as those necessary for good performance of some cognitive act, such as creativity. It was hypothesized that creativity in design will include partly cognitive components identified in previous studies of creativity and partly new ones. The participants were 52 students in a school of design, who were administered a designing task and the Meaning Test, assessing a broad range of cognitive processes. The design products were assessed for creativity by three experienced architects. The cognitive processes, differentiating significantly between the students who produced highly creative designs and those who produced less creative ones, were interpreted as constituting the cognitive profile of creativity in design. The obtained profile supported the hypothesis and provided information about the cognitive processes of creativity in design, which may also be used for promoting creativity in design students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-168
Number of pages10
JournalThinking Skills and Creativity
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Assessment
  • Cognitive processes
  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Meaning system
  • Theory of meaning


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