An Integrative Theory of Visual Mentation and Spontaneous Creativity

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[B. D. R. Bogart, P. Pasquier, and S. J. Barnes. An integrative theory of visual mentation and spontaneous creativity. In C&C ’13: Proceedings of the 9th ACM conference on creativity and cognition, pages 264–274. ACM, 2013.]

It has been suggested that creativity can be functionally segregated into two processes: spontaneous and deliberate. In this paper, we propose that the spontaneous aspect of creativity is enabled by the same neural simulation mechanisms that have been implicated in visual mentation (e.g. visual perception, mental imagery, mind-wandering and dreaming). This proposal is developed into an Integrative Theory that serves as the foundation for a computational model of dreaming and site-specific artwork: A Machine that Dreams.