The surprise element: A hallmark of creativity in scientists, artists, and comedians

Cell
Oct 14, 2021 Volume 184 Issue 21 p5261-5496
https://www.cell.com/cell/current

 

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The surprise element: A hallmark of creativity in scientists, artists, and comedians
Joseph L. Goldstein
Truly creative works of science and art produce unexpected and surprising results—just like the punch line of a good joke that generates an unfamiliar twist on a familiar idea. Surprise stimulates curiosity, which triggers a search to reveal the mystery of things unknown.