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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About the Author
Mark Runco has studied creativity and innovation for 35 years. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and is Professor at the University of Georgia, as well as Distinguished Research Fellow at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. His PhD is in Cognitive Psychology from the Claremont Graduate School. He also earned his MA and his BA from Claremont. He is founding Editor of the Creativity Research Journal and is on the Editorial Board of Creativity and Innovation Management, the Journal of Creative Behavior and various other academic journals. He is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Creativity (1999, 2011) and in 2015 he collaborated with the International Center for Studies in Creativity to introduce two new academic journals, Business Creativity and the Creative Economy and the Journal of Genius and Eminence.
Dr. Runco was Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and the Torrance Professor and Director of the Torrance Creativity Center at UGA. He is Past President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10.
Dr. Runco has published over 200 articles, chapters, and books on creativity and innovation.
Table of Contents
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