Author Archive

May 4, 2012

Reflection, and the slideshow you probably did not see.

by Ajay Rajaram

Well, so it’s the end of the semester and of CCDC 2012. I must say that for me, this course has been, in some ways, an eye-opener. In combination with one of my other courses this semester, developed my interest in cognition and creativity from a computational point of view. Or of computation from a cognitive and creative point of view. Or both. Well anyway, as we end this semester, I’ll leave you with this silde-show that only I (and maybe my project team-mate) have ever seen completely:


If you participated in the survey on language and executive functioning that Ellen mailed out to the class, you might be interested in that ppt.

That’s all, folks!

May 2, 2012

Indian Classical Music… Composed by Computers!

by Ajay Rajaram talks about research in computational theories of Indian Classical Music and has some examples of computer generated compositions in various ragas. Definitely worth a read and a listen.

May 2, 2012

A Brief “Thank You” to the Class

by Ajay Rajaram

On behalf of my project team (well it’s just two of us, Neha and I, but yeah that makes it sound like a big deal) I want to thank everyone in this class who responded to the survey about language and executive control: we got a surprisingly large number of responses, and it was great that you could spare the time during finals week.Thank you!

May 1, 2012

Divergent thinking and…. What it is.

by Ajay Rajaram

I realized that I had made a few posts about divergent thinking and that I never really posted anything that actually talked about divergent thinking and its significance. Also, owing to the principle of duality, you have probably figured that if divergent thinking exists, then so does convergent thinking. And you would be right.

Here’s an easy-to-read article that discusses both types of thinking and how they are believed to influence creativity.


In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little, just a little, obsessed with the idea of convergent vs. divergent thinking.

April 30, 2012

Divergent Thinking and….wait for it…Language!

by Ajay Rajaram

Okay so while I’m at it, here’s something relevant (well, more than just relevant) to the project I’m working on for this course:

This is a paper that reports studies on monolingual and bilingual people, and their divergent thinking abilities. This is exactly what my project for this course is all about, so it’s interesting to me. That doesn’t mean it has to be interesting to anyone else, but it’s not the longest of papers.

April 30, 2012

A Follow Up: Divergent Thinking and Sleep!

by Ajay Rajaram

Well after looking for stuff on caffeine and creativity, I did not just have some coffee and get back to my take-home final (sigh) but also decided to see what sleep (or the lack of it) does to creativity. So here goes,

April 30, 2012

Divergent Thinking, Alcohol and Caffeine

by Ajay Rajaram

I was going to get some caffeine into myself before resuming work on a take-home final, when it suddenly struck me to see if there were any views on caffeine and creativity in particular. I thought this paper was rather interesting because it also touches on alcohol: something that has been studied earlier in this very course. It’s about divergent thinking in general and not just creativity in any fixed sense, and it’s an interesting read for caffeine addicts, which most of us probably are.

April 26, 2012

TEDx: On Biologically Inspired Design for Education

by Ajay Rajaram

Inspired by a talk in one of my classes today, I was looking for stuff on biologically inspired design, and this is what I found: A TEDx talk by a Georgia Tech professor.

Inspirations for creativity and design are drawn from nature quite often, and this is a talk on bio-inspired design, education, and where the two meet.

April 25, 2012

Oldest evidence of artistic creativity in humans?

by Ajay Rajaram

This is rather old now (the article I mean: obviously the paintings it talks about are a little more than “rather” old), but I think it’s an interesting historical piece of trivia anyway. It’s an article describing (not in any great detail) what could be the oldest discovered evidence of humans painting. What is most interesting about these paintings is that they are neandrethal paintings: neandrethals were believed to be lacking in any sort of artistic creativity, and supports the growing view that these ancient humans were in fact quite creative.

January 20, 2012

Unit Origami

by Ajay Rajaram