Conceptual Blending is a theory of cognitionTemplate:Ref. According to this theory, elements and vital relations from diverse scenarios are "blended" in a subconscious process known as Conceptual Blending, which is assumed to be ubiquitous to everyday thought and language. Insights obtained from these blends constitute the products of creative thinking.
The Theory of Conceptual Blending was developed by Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner. The development of this theory began in 1993, and is presented in their book The Way We Think (ISBN 0465087868). This theory is based on basic ideas advanced by George Lakoff in his book Women Fire and Dangerous Things. It also related to Cognitive architecture theories like SOAR and ACT-R, and to frame-based theories of Marvin Minsky, Jaime Carbonell and others.
- Template:NoteNo single cognitive theory has yet been able to cover any significant fraction of the phenomena of human cognition, but some claim that, as of late 2005, conceptual blending was rising in prominence among such theories.
- The Center for the Cognitive Science of Metaphor Online is a collection of numerous formative articles in the fields of conceptual metaphor and conceptual blending (aka conceptual integration).