Understanding Creativity: The Interplay of Biological, Psychological, and Social Factors / Edition 1by John S. Dacey, Kathleen H. Lennon
Pub. Date: 11/17/1998
The topic of creativity is inherently fascinating, and interest in it is regularly reinvigorated as new findings are uncovered. For all that we know about creativity, much remains to be fully understood, and questions about it abound: What is creativity? Is it one of the factors of intelligence, or is it a separate entity from intelligence? Are we born with a… See more details below
The topic of creativity is inherently fascinating, and interest in it is regularly reinvigorated as new findings are uncovered. For all that we know about creativity, much remains to be fully understood, and questions about it abound: What is creativity? Is it one of the factors of intelligence, or is it a separate entity from intelligence? Are we born with a creativity quotient? Can creativity be developed? And, if so, can creativity continue to develop across the lifespan? Can parents enhance their children's creativity through conscious effort? Can teachers develop their students' creativity through focused teaching? Can organizations enhance their employees' creativity through targeted professional development? Can an individual become more creative through determination and effort? How much does-or can the social environment influence creativity'In Understanding Creativity, authors John S. Dacey and Kathleen H. Lennon offer a thorough examination of the three factorsbiological, psychological, and socialthat contribute to the creative process. In clear and lively language, this compelling book explores a breadth of topics on creativity including: how creative people operate as successful and imaginative problem solvers, the essential role self-control plays in realizing creative potential, and the most current discoveries about how the brain works on the neuronal and chemical levels. Most important, the book presents an innovative model that integrates the biological, psychological, and social elements and reflects the most significant advances in current creativity research.The wealth of information in this important book can help to expand our knowledge and understanding of the creative process and also act as a guide to enhancing our powers of creativity.Unveiling the Mysteries of CreativityUnderstanding Creativity beautifully reveals the intricacies of the creative process and advances an innovative new view that can help anyone inte
Table of Contents
Part One: Introduction.
1. The Many Components of Creativity.
2. A Brief History of the Concept of Creativity.
Part Two: Social Factors.
3. The Role of the Family.
4. The Role of the Social Context.
Part Three: Psychological Factors.
5. Ten Traits that Contribute to the Creative Personality.
6. The Special Contribution of Self-Control.
7. The Formation of Creative Personality Traits.
8. Creative Cognitive Processes.
9. Creative Problem Solving.
Part Four: Biological Factors.
10. The Brain at the Cellular Level.
11. The Hemispheres of the Brain.
Part Five: Integration.
12. A New Biopsychosocial Explanation of Creativity.
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