Evo-Mech: Evolutionary mechanics and the origins of biocomplexity.

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In recent years, dual-process theories of cognition have become increasingly popular in explaining cognitive, affective, and social processes. While dual-process theories of cognition have increased ou understanding of explicit and implicit processes, the application of dual-process theory to creativity has not received as much attention. Creative achievement surely involves both conscious, controlled, and deliberate thought processes as well as nonconscious, impulsive, and automatic thought processes. Further, allthough much research has demonstrated that individual differences in the controlled, deliberate, reflective processes that underlie the "explicit system" are strongly related to psychometric intelligence and working memory, few studies have investigated individual differences in the automatic, unintentional, nonconscious processes that underlie the 'implicit system'. My research strategy is to unearth important sources of variance in both systems of thought and investigate how individual differences in these two systems interact with each other and with personality to predict the highest levels of creative thought and achievement across arts and sciences. Towards these research aims, i have already conducted research on the onteractions between individual differences in explicir cognition, implicit cognition, and personality. I hope to advance my researc program to further our understanding of the determinants of the highest levels of creative accomplishment.
Effective start/end date1/10/1030/09/11


  • Quantum structures
  • World views
  • Realism
  • Cognition
  • Evolution Theory
  • Foundations of Biology
  • Studies of Culture
  • Foundations of Physics
  • Foundations of Science
  • Constructivism
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Emergence
  • Quantum Computation
  • Operationalism
  • Foundations of Cognitive Science

Flemish discipline codes

  • Mathematical sciences
  • Other engineering and technology
  • Psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Philosophy, ethics and religious studies
  • Pedagogical and educational sciences
  • Sociology and anthropology
  • Biological sciences