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Rethinking Thought: Inside the Minds of Creative Scientists and Artists

Laura Otis


This book demonstrates how greatly the lived experience of thought varies from one person to another, especially with respect to visual mental images and verbal language. It examines differences in the conscious feel of thought, including planning, problem solving, reflecting, remembering, and devising new ideas. Presenting the results of interview-based research, it offers portraits of 29 creative minds, including those of novelist Salman Rushdie, engineer Temple Grandin, and U. S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. It takes readers into the minds of two award-winning painters, a flamenco dance ... More

Keywords: thinking, creativity, narrative, neuroscience, visual mental imagery, verbal language, neuroplasticity, literature and science, Salman Rushdie, Temple Grandin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190213466
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Otis, author
Professor of English, Emory University