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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02372

How Radical is Embodied Creativity?

  • 1Colorado State University, United States

Modern ideas of embodiment have been influential is cognitive science for the past several decades, yet there is minimal evidence of embodied cognition approaches in creativity research or its application to educational settings. With creativity research in crisis due to conceptual, methodological, and theoretical issues, radical embodied cognitive science (RECS) may offer a framework to move the field forward. This conceptual analysis examines the current state of creativity research from the 4E (embodied, embedded, enactive, and extended) cognition and RECS perspectives. Two streams are critiqued for their potential to further knowledge about the development of creative expertise and inform educational practices. Promising directions for future research is discussed, including ways dynamical systems approaches might yield new insights about creativity skill acquisition and help address the “higher order thinking” criticisms of RECS.

Keywords: Embodied Cognition, embodied creativity, Embodied design improvisation, 4E creativity, enactive perception, distributed creativity, embodied metaphors

Received: 18 Aug 2019; Accepted: 04 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Malinin. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Laura H. Malinin, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, United States, Laura.Malinin@Colostate.edu