Here's a very different view of creative imagining. This uses EEG synchrony and female artists and non-artists who were asked to draw a picture in their mind. Look at much more delta (the slowest wave frequency) interhemispheric synchronization goes on when artists draw pictures in their mind.
The slowness of the imaging process is supported in many other sorts of anecdotal reports and studies, but too often it's underappreciated, as slow responders can be written off as slow minds in general.
Another interesting finding in this study is that the non-artists seemed to synchronizing their frontal lobes more than artists to do the task. Maybe this is more akin to the analytical approaches to creative problem solving.
Imagining slow is likely to be better for different types of designing in our brains. Where we end up may depend on the cognitive routes we take.
BTW, we'll be out of town next week to give a training seminar to the Gifted Curriculum Coordinators of North Carolina. We'll be back to December 10th. Have a great week.
Drawing in Your Mind EEG