Collaborative creativity


Project Overview: Contrary to popular belief in the “aha” moment of insight, recent work has indicated that creativity is often a series of incremental steps to discovery. As an idea is developed, it is amplified over time in its social context.

Dr. Aragon and her colleagues have developed and evaluated a dynamical systems theory of collaborative creativity and distributed group problem-solving based on distributed affect and interfaces that facilitate socio-emotional communication.


Cecilia Aragon, University of Washington, Human Centered Design and Engineering, Associate Professor

Alison Williams, Ravensbourne College, London, Research Associate

Sarah Poon, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Researcher


Aragon, C.R. and Williams, A. Collaborative creativity: A complex systems model with distributed affect. In Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM (2011), 1875-1884. doi: 10.1145/1978942.1979214 PDF

Aragon, C.R.,  Poon, S., Monroy-Hernandez, A. and Aragon, D.  A tale of two online communities: Fostering collaboration and creativity in scientists and children. In Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition, ACM (2009), 9-18. doi: 10.1145/1640233.1640239 PDF