Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byR. Keith Sawyer

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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 devotedincreased 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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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 devotedincreased attention to creativity; we now know ...

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 beg...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Conceptions1. Introduction2. Conceptions of CreativityPart II: Individualist Approaches3. Defining creativity through assessment4. The creative personality5. The creative process, part 16. The creative process, part 27. The creative process, part 38. Computer simulations of the creative process9. Biology and creativity10. Cognitive neuroscience and creativityPart III: Sociocultural Approaches11. Sociology12. Group creativity13. Organizational creativity14. Culture and creativity15. History and creativityPart IV: Creativity in the Domains16. Visual Arts17. Writing18. Music19. Theater20. SciencePart V: Everyday Creativity21. Education and creativity22. How to be more creative23. Conclusion: The future of creativityAppendices:The domain of creativity researchAppendix A: Creativity timelineAppendix B: Creativity overviews Appendix C: Journals that publish creativityAppendix C: Journals that publish creativity researchAppendix D: Influential books in creativity researchAppendix E: Journal special issuesThe field of creativity researchAppendix F: Important creativity researchersAppendix G: Colleges and universities with a degree or certificate in creativityAppendix H: Professional associations and conferencesReferences