Creative People at Work: Twelve Cognitive Case Studies by Doris B. WallaceCreative People at Work: Twelve Cognitive Case Studies by Doris B. Wallace

Creative People at Work: Twelve Cognitive Case Studies

EditorDoris B. Wallace, Howard E. Gruber

Paperback | December 1, 1990

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To demystify creative work without reducing it to simplistic formulas, Doris Wallace and Howard Gruber, one of the world's foremost authorities on creativity, have produced a unique book exploring the creative process in the arts and sciences. The book's original "evolving systems approach"treats creativity as purposeful work and integrates cognitive, emotional, aesthetic, and motivational aspects of the creative process. Twelve revealing case studies explore the work of such diverse people as William Wordsworth, Albert Einstein, Jean Piaget, Anais Nin, and Charles Darwin. The casestudy approach is discussed in relation to other methods such as biography, autobiography, and psychobiology. Emphasis is given to the uniqueness of each creative person; the social nature of creative work is also treated without losing the sense of the individual. A final chapter considers therelationship between creativity and morality in the nuclear age. In addition to developmental psychologists and cognitive scientists, this study offers fascinating insights for all readers interested in the history of ideas, scientific discovery, artistic innovation, and the interplay of intuition,inspiration, and purposeful work.
Doris B. Wallace received her doctorate from the Institute of Cognitive Studies at Rutgers University. She is a Senior Research Psychologist at Bank Street College of Education in New York, a family therapist, and a collaborator in an international study of children of the Holocaust. Howard E. Gruber was formerly Distinguished Profes...
Title:Creative People at Work: Twelve Cognitive Case StudiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.06 × 0.59 inPublished:December 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. H. E. Gruber: The Evolving Systems Approach to Creative Work2. D. B. Wallace: Studying the Individual: The Case Study Method and Other Genres3. F. L. Holmes: Antoine Lavoisier and Hans Krebs: Two Styles of Scientific Discovery4. L. R. Jeffrey: Writing and Rewriting Poetry: Wordsworth5. R. Tweney: Fields of Enterprise: On Michael Faraday's Thought6. R. T. Keegan: How Darwin Became a Psychologist7. J. V. Osowski: Ensembles of Metaphor in the Psychology of William James8. D. B. Wallace: Stream of Consciousness and Reconstruction of Self in Dorothy Richardson's "Pilgrimage"9. A. I. Miller: Imagery and Intuition in Creative Scientific Thinking: Albert Einstein's Invention of the Special Theory of Relativity10. F. Vidal: Self and Oeuvre in Piaget's Youth11. V. John-Steiner: From Life to Diary to Art in the Work of Anais Nin12. C. E. Woodward: Art and Elegance in the Synthesis of Organic Compounds: Robert Burns Woodward13. M. B. Franklin: A Convergence of Streams: Dramatic Change in the Artistic Work of Melissa Zinc14. H. E. Gruber: Epilogue

Editorial Reviews

"Gruber and Wallace are the theoretical and scholarly shapers of this volume and they ask at the outset: What do creative people do when they are being creative? It is to their enormous credit that in treading where many others have gone before they break through accumulated clouds ofmystification and obscurantism, not destroying the "grander mystery of creativity" but offering instead a perceptive examination of its actions, purposes, and outcomes. It is even more to the credit of the authors of this volume that they never lose sight of their subjects as essentially everydayhuman beings engaged in an essentially human enterprise. Offers critical reading for psychologists, philosophers, teachers, and all those who know that to support creative action is first to understand it." --New Ideas in Psychology