January 1976

Homospatial Thinking in Creativity

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. Dr Rothenberg is now Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1976;33(1):17-26. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1976.01770010005001

• "Homospatial thinking" consists of actively conceiving two or more discrete entities occupying the same space, a conception leading to the articulation of new identities. Homospatial thinking has a salient role in the creative process in the following wide variety of fields: literature, the visual arts, music, science, and mathematics. This cognitive factor, along with "Janusian thinking," clarifies the nature of creative thinking as a highly adaptive and primarily nonregressive form of functioning.