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Steven Smith
Psychology, Texas A&M

Dr. Steven M. Smith is a Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University, and he is a founding member of the Creative Cognition Research Group that was first established there in the 1980s. He is currently the Director of Research for the Institute for Applied Creativity, an interdisciplinary group at Texas A&M University. Dr. Smith has conducted many experimental studies examining aspects of creative thinking, focusing especially on the ways that mental impasses can be caused and how those impasses can be resolved. Dr. Smith and his colleagues have published numerous research articles on theoretical and applied aspects of creative thinking, and he has given invited addresses on the subject around the world, including England, Spain, and China. His books on creative cognition include Creative Cognition: Theory, Research, and Applications (1992), The Creative Cognition Approach (1995), Creativity and the Mind: Discovering the Genius Within (1995), and Creative Thought: An Investigation of Conceptual Structures and Processes (1997). Dr. Smith’s applied research in creativity, funded by the National Science Foundation, has dealt with creative conceptual design in engineering, and with information discovery in computer science. His research on the creative design process has examined design fixation, incubation effects in ideation, and alignment of creativity research across levels of complexity and ecological validity. In the field of human-computer interaction, Dr. Smith has helped articulate the information discovery framework, and he has published experimental studies of combinFormation, a mixed-initiative system for collaborative collection of information from the internet and digital libraries that represents discovered material in a navigable visual composition space.

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