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Imaging the designing brain: a neurocognitive exploration of design thinking

Alexiou, Katerina; Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Gilbert, Sam (2011). Imaging the designing brain: a neurocognitive exploration of design thinking. In: Gero, John S. ed. Design Computing and Cognition '10. London: Springer, pp. 489–504.

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The paper presents a functional magnetic imaging study (fMRI) aimed at exploring the neurological basis of design thinking. The study carried out brain scans of volunteers while performing design and problem solving tasks. The findings suggest that (ill-structured) design thinking differs from well-structured problem solving in terms of overall levels of brain ac-tivity, but also in terms of patterns of functional interactions between brain regions. The paper introduces the methodology and the developed experi-mental framework, presents the findings, and discusses the potential role and contribution of brain imaging in design research.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2011 Springer
ISBN: 94-007-0509-3, 978-94-007-0509-8
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Item ID: 28153
Depositing User: Katerina Alexiou
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 23:50
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2016 10:05
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