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Advances in Psychological Science    2015, Vol. 23 Issue (7) : 1169-1180     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01169
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Sociocultural Basis underlying Creative Thinking
SHEN Wangbing1,2; YUAN Yuan2
(1 School of Public Administration and Institute of Applied Psychology, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China) (2 School of Psychology and Lab of Cognitive Neuroscience, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China)
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As the inner core of creativity, creative thinking is a kind of thinking mode that generates novel and appropriate viewpoints or products. Guided by the model of “three levels of culture”, the present work focused on the cultural values and underlying assumptions, cultural communications or multicultural experience, as well as cultural artifacts these three social cultural levels, and mainly examined the influences of human nature values, Zhong Yong orientation, non-valued cultural tradition, oversea living, multilingual learning, and cultural artifacts such as cultural rules, signs and matters on human creative thinking. Future studies should pay more attention to the dependence of social and its relevant cultural factors, the control of individual differences, the variable types of culture and creative thinking, as well as the collaboration of multiple research approaches.
Keywords creative thinking      socioculture      cultural activities      value view      Zhong Yong orientation     
Corresponding Authors: SHEN Wangbing, E-mail:; YUAN Yuan, E-mail:    
Issue Date: 15 July 2015
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SHEN Wangbing,YUAN Yuan. Sociocultural Basis underlying Creative Thinking[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2015, 23(7): 1169-1180.
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