Genius and the Mind: Studies of Creativity and Temperament

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

EditorAndrew Steptoe

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Taking as examples the lives of creative individuals through history, Genius and the Mind considers the nature of creativity and genius from a psychological standpoint. Eleven chapters, contributed by leading researchers, span the range of approaches used to understand the subject. Adiscussion of heredity considers the extent to which genes play a part in giftedness. The importance of social context in defining and acknowledging creativity is explored. Several chapters look at training and skill development in exceptional individuals, and a number of contributions scrutinizethe links between creativity, temperament, and mental health. Mozart's precocity, Byron's mania, the 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 ofgenius and geniuses, as well as for students and researchers in the field.

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Taking as examples the lives of creative individuals through history, Genius and the Mind considers the nature of creativity and genius from a psychological standpoint. Eleven chapters, contributed by leading researchers, span the range of approaches used to understand the subject. Adiscussion of heredity considers the extent to which ...

Andrew Steptoe is at St George's Hospital, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.79 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Andrew Steptoe: Exceptional Creativity and the Psychological Sciences2. David T. Lykken: The Genetics of Genius3. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity and Genius: A Systems Perspective4. Andreas C. Lehmann and K. Anders Ericsson: Historical Developments of Expert Performance: Public Performance of Music5. Michael J.A. Howe: Early Lives: Prodigies and Non-prodigies6. Robert S. Albert: Mathematical Giftedness and Mathematical Genius: A Comparison of G.H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan7. Andrew Steptoe: Mozart: Resilience Under Stress8. Dean Keith Simonton, Kathleen A. Taylor and Vincent Cassandro: The Creative Genius of William Shakespeare: Historiometric Analyses of his Plays and Sonnets9. Kay Redfield Jamison: Lord Byron: The Apostle of Affliction10. Gordon Claridge: Creativity and Madness: Clues from Modern Psychiatric Diagnosis11. Andrew Steptoe: Artistic Temperament in the Italian Renaissance: A Study of Giorgio Vasari's Lives

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"This rich, informative and literate collection of papers works around ideas of genius. The writers are generally well-known within their specialities, and the disagreement between them makes for a thought provoking read." Psychological Medicine, October 1999... This book provides aninteresting, thought provoking read.Michael Rutter, THES, June 1999