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Each of the major theoretical perspectives (behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, economic, educational, evolutionary, historical, social, organizational) on creativity is reviewed in this volume. The more important key topics and issues, including those concerning age, sex, and cultural differences, and those dealing with the mad genius and health issues, are also covered. One chapter focuses on enhancement issues, and the last chapter defines creativity and explores how creativity is related to, but distinct from, other important human capacities and behaviors, including invention, innovation, imagination, and adaptability.

This is primarily a textbook. It may, however, also be useful to researchers and practitioners, given the emphasis on scholarly, scientific, and objective research and the theories that are constructed from it. All of the important scholarship on creativity is covered in this volume.

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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

Chapter 1. Cognition and Creativity
Chapter 2. Developmental Trends and Influences on Creativity
Chapter 3. Biological Perspectives on Creativity
Chapter 4. Health and Clinical Perspectives
Chapter 5. Social, Attributional, and Organizational Perspectives
Chapter 6. Educational Perspectives
Chapter 7. History and Historiometry
Chapter 8. Culture and Creativity
Chapter 9. Personality and Motivation
Chapter 10. Enhancement and the Fulfillment of Potential
Chapter 11. Conclusion: What Creativity Is and What It Is Not

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