Genius and the Mind: Studies of Creativity and Temperament

Genius and the Mind: Studies of Creativity and Temperament

by Andrew Steptoe (Editor)




What is genius? Are there easily identifiable personality traits associated with giftedness? What is the link between intense creativity and madness? These are just some of the questions explored in Genius and the Mind. With historical studies of some of the most famous creative people, this exciting book considers the nature of creativity and genius from a psychological standpoint. Chapters, written by leading researchers in the study of genius, span the range of approaches used to understand the subject—from discussions of the role of genes in giftedness to the importance of social context in defining and acknowledging creativity. Mozart's precocity, Byron's mania, Shakespeare's literary brilliance, personalities of the Italian Renaissance painters, and the psychoses of many celebrated writers are all discussed, making this a fascinating text for anyone with an interest in the psychology of genius and geniuses, as well as for students and researchers in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198523734
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/27/1998
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)

About the Author

St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London

Table of Contents

1. Exceptional Creativity and the Psychological Sciences, Andrew Steptoe
2. The Genetics of Genius, David T. Lykken
3. Creativity and Genius: A Systems Perspective, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
4. Historical Developments of Expert Performance: Public Performance of Music, Andreas C. Lehmann & K. Anders Ericsson
5. Early Lives: Prodigies and Non-prodigies, Michael J.A. Howe
6. Mathematical Giftedness and Mathematical Genius: A Comparison of G.H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, Robert S. Albert
7. Mozart: Resilience Under Stress, Andrew Steptoe
8. The Creative Genius of William Shakespeare: Historiometric Analyses of his Plays and Sonnets, Dean Keith Simonton, Kathleen A. Taylor and Vincent Cassandro
9. Lord Byron: The Apostle of Affliction, Kay Redfield Jamison
10. Creativity and Madness: Clues from Modern Psychiatric Diagnosis, Gordon Claridge
11. Artistic Temperament in the Italian Renaissance: A Study of Giorgio Vasari's Lives, Andrew Steptoe

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