The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #28/2008


Bharath Sriraman
The University of Montana

Lyn English
Queensland University of Technology, Australia


The term cognition encompasses a vast, diverse array of terms, concepts, processes and meanings. In this chapter we restrict ourselves to the meanings and descriptions of this term found in the domains of linguistics, psychology, philosophy, and phenomenology. We focus on some features of cognition such as analogical or metaphorical thinking and generalizing since they have been reported as characteristics of creative thinkers.

Keywords: Consciousness; Gestalt psychology and creativity; Habits of mind; Intuition; Learning sciences; Problem solving

AMS Subject Classification: 97

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Preprint of chapter to appear in B. Kerr (Ed). Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent. Sage Publications