Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation

Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation

by R. Keith Sawyer
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195161649
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/12/2006
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

R. Keith Sawyer, a professor of psychology, education, and business at Washington University in St. Louis, is one of the world's leading scientific experts on creativity. He combines this scientific expertise with a strong hands-on background in real-world creativity. After receiving his computer science degree from MIT in 1982, he began his career with a two-year stint designing videogames for Atari. In 1990, Dr. Sawyer began his doctoral studies in psychology, studying creativity with Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Dr. Sawyer has also been a jazz pianist for over 20 years, and spent several years playing piano with Chicago improv theater groups.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2Conceptions of creativity9
Interlude 1 : defining creativity35
Ch. 3Personality psychology39
Ch. 4The second wave : cognitive psychology57
Ch. 5Biology77
Ch. 6Computational approaches97
Interlude 2 : from individual to context113
Ch. 4Sociology117
Ch. 8Culture137
Ch. 9History155
Interlude 3 : applying individualist and contextualist approaches to creativity173
Ch. 10Visual creativity177
Ch. 11Writing205
Ch. 12Music223
Ch. 13Acting243
Interlude 4 : goodbye to our creativity myths259
Ch. 14Science263
Ch. 15Business creativity281
Ch. 16How to be more creative295

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