Nonlinear dynamics of human creativity

Mikhail Rabinovich, Irma Tristan, Shlomo Dubnov

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The nonlinear dynamical approach to creativity considers it as the processes responsible for the producing effective novelty, as well as the control mechanisms that regulate novelty production. Merely novel information display surprise and incongruity, to be sure, but they must also be meaningful. We present the Dynamical Origin of Creativity (DOC) hypothesis in application to music improvisation/ composition and poetry. The corresponding dynamical models are based on the general cognitive principles: Transitivity, existence of metastable states, robustness and sensitivity to available information.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6973939
Pages (from-to)391-398
Number of pages8
JournalConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2014 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 5 Oct 20148 Oct 2014


  • Instabilities
  • Jazz improvisation
  • Poetry
  • Surprise
  • Transient dynamics
  • Winnerless competition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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