Work in Progress: Using Neuro-responses to Understand Creativity, the Engineering Design Process, and Concept Generation
2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access Proceedings
Tess Hartog is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Her interests include creativity, engineering education, and neuroimaging. Her research focuses on understanding creativity and divergent thinking in engineering students via the use of electroencephalography (EEG). Megan Marshall, The University of Oklahoma Megan Marshall is an M.S. Aerospace Engineering candidate at the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Oklahoma. Her
... Oklahoma. Her research interests include the neuroscience of creativity and design, and using these insights to develop a person's creative and design ability. Mr. Amin G. Alhashim, U of Oklahoma Amin G. Alhashim is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The University of Oklahoma. Amin is studying creativity in the field of engineering education and looking forward to leveraging machine learning to deliver more personalized learning for engineers to foster their creativity. Abstract Investigations of creativity have been an intriguing topic for a long time, but assessing creativity is extremely complex. Creativity is a cornerstone of engineering disciplines, so understanding creativity and how to enhance creative abilities through engineering education has received substantial attention. Fields outside of engineering are no stranger to neuro-investigations of creativity and although some neuro-response studies have been conducted to understand creativity in engineering, these studies need to map the engineering design and concept generation processes better. Using neuroimaging techniques alongside engineering design and concept generation processes is necessary for understanding how to improve creative idea generation and creativity studies in engineering. In this paper, a survey is provided of the literature for the different neurological approaches that have been used to study the engineering design process and creative processes. Also presented are proposed strategies to apply these neurological approaches to engineering design to understand the creative process in greater detail. Furthermore, results from a pilot study investigating neuro-responses of engineers are presented.