Creativity and Surprise



This paper describes a computational model for creativity in which surprise plays a central role. There is no doubt that creative prod-ucts, being unexpected and unpredictable products, cause surprise. Supported by recent evidences from neuroscience and psychol-ogy, which say emotions are biasing devices in decision-making, we defend that decisions made during the creative process may be, to some extent, surprise-guided in order to make the resulting products surprising. Moreover, when evaluating a product in regard to its creativity, the intensity of surprise that product causes is certainly one part of that evaluation. We illustrate with examples the role played by surprise both in the production of creative products and in the evaluation of already existing creative products.


AISB\'01 Symposium on Creativity in Arts and Science, April 2001

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