Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation / Edition 1

Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation / Edition 1

by R. Keith Sawyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195304454

ISBN-13: 9780195304459

Pub. Date: 01/19/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Explaining Creativity is an accessible introduction to the latest scientific research on creativity. The book summarizes and integrates a broad range of research in psychology and related scientific fields. In the last 40 years, psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists have devoted increased attention to creativity; we now know more about

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Explaining Creativity is an accessible introduction to the latest scientific research on creativity. The book summarizes and integrates a broad range of research in psychology and related scientific fields. In the last 40 years, psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists have devoted increased attention to creativity; we now know more about creativity than at any point in history. Explaining Creativity considers not only arts like painting and writing, but also science, stage performance, business innovation, and creativity in everyday life.

Sawyer's approach is interdisciplinary. In addition to examining psychological studies on creativity, he draws on anthropologists' research on creativity in non-Western cultures, sociologists' research on the situations, contexts, and networks of creative activity, and cognitive neuroscientists' studies of the brain. He moves beyond the individual to consider the social and cultural contexts of creativity, including the role of collaboration in the creative process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195304459
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/19/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Part I: Conceptions
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Conceptions of Creativity

Part II: Individualist Approaches
Chapter 3: Defining creativity through assessment
Chapter 4: The creative personality
Chapter 5: The creative process, part 1
Chapter 6: The creative process, part 2
Chapter 7: The creative process, part 3
Chapter 8: Computer simulations of the creative process
Chapter 9: Biology and creativity
Chapter 10: Cognitive neuroscience and creativity

Part III: Sociocultural Approaches
Chapter 11: Sociology
Chapter 12: Group creativity
Chapter 13: Organizational creativity
Chapter 14: Culture and creativity
Chapter 15: History and creativity

Part IV: Creativity in the Domains
Chapter 16: Visual Arts
Chapter 17: Writing
Chapter 18: Music
Chapter 19: Theater
Chapter 20: Science

Part V: Everyday Creativity
Chapter 21: Education and creativity
Chapter 22: How to be more creative
Chapter 23: Conclusion: The future of creativity

Appendices

The domain of creativity research
Appendix A: Creativity timeline
Appendix B: Creativity overviews
Appendix C: Journals that publish creativity research
Appendix D: Influential books in creativity research
Appendix E: Journal special issues

The field of creativity research
Appendix F: Important creativity researchers
Appendix G: Colleges and universities with a degree or certificate in creativity
Appendix H: Professional associations and conferences

References

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