Creativity: Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice / Edition 1

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Summarizing scholarly research on creativity, Creativity: Theories and Themes draws together a sprawling literature from psychology, business, education, sociology, economics, and more. The book investigates what research findings indicate with regard to development, expression, and enhancement of creativity. Beginning with a discussion of theories of creativity, the book progresses to research on the nature/nurture debate as to what influences creativity, how creativity is related to personality, how social context may affect creativity, mental health and its relation to creativity, gender differences, and how creativity is related to and differs from invention, innovation, imagination, and adaptability. Intended as the first textbook on creativity, it will also serve as a comprehensive source to creativity research for scholars and libraries. Written with a great enthusiasm for the subject, with lavish inclusion of quotes, figures, and interesting boxed asides of controversial issues, related historical facts, measures, etc., the book provides a fascinating glimpse into the creative world.

About the Author:
Mark A. Runco is past president of the American Psychological Association, Division 10 (Psychology and the Arts), editor of the Creativity Research Journal, editor of the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Creativity, and professor of psychology at California State University, Fullerton

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Editorial Reviews

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"Mark A. Runco's excellent book Creativity: Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice may be one way to bring creativity back into relevance in psychology."
—PsycCritiques (October 10, 2007, Vol. 52, Release 41, Article 8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126024005
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/14/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 4.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Runco, Ph.D. is Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University, Fullerton and earned a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the Claremont Graduate School. His dissertation was on divergent thinking and he has studied creativity ever since. He founded the Creativity Research Journal over 20 years ago and remains Editor-in-Chief. He is currently the E. Paul Torrance Professor of Creative Studies at the University of Georgia, Athens. He is also Director of the Torrance Creativity Center, a Fellow and Past President of the American Psychological Association's Division 10 (Psychology, Art, and Creativity). His textbook on creativity was released by Academic Press in 2007. He is founder and continuing editor of the Creativity Research Journal and acts as senior editor of the Perspectives on Creativity book series. Author of over 120 books, chapters, and articles in the area of creativity, he is a fellow and past president of the American Psychological Association's Division 10 (Psychology and the Arts). Dr. Runco is recipient of a Spencer Foundation Research Grant and also of the Early Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Cognition and Creativity     1
Developmental Trends and Influences on Creativity     39
Biological Perspectives on Creativity     71
Health and Clinical Perspectives     115
Social, Attributional, and Organizational Perspectives     153
Educational Perspectives     177
History and Historiometry     213
Culture and Creativity     263
Personality and Motivation     279
Enhancement and the Fulfillment of Potential     319
Conclusion: What Creativity Is and What It Is Not     375
References     413
Index     477
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