A Cultural Evolution Framework for Human Creativity

AbstractOther species perceive, make decisions, take action, and even create. However, our species is exceptional with respect to our predilection to adapt ideas to our own needs, tastes, and perspectives, and express ourselves through language, technology, art, and other means. I will present ongoing theoretical and empirical research on how the creative process works and how human creativity evolved. What makes this research program unique is that it examines creativity from the perspective of its role in fueling the evolution of culture, and includes both studies with human participants and computational models.

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