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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 devoted increased 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.

Author Biography

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 began his career with a two-year stint designing videogames for Atari. In 1990, Dr. Sawyer began his doctoral studies in psychology, studying creativity with Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Dr. Sawyer has also been a jazz pianist for over 20 years, and spent several years playing piano with Chicago improv theater groups.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Conceptions of Creativityp. 15
Individualist Approaches
Defining Creativity Through Assessmentp. 37
The Creative Personalityp. 63
The Creative Process, Part 1p. 87
The Creative Process, Part 2p. 107
The Creative Process, Part 3p. 129
Computer Simulations of the Creative Processp. 143
Biology and Creativityp. 157
Cognitive Neuroscience and Creativityp. 185
Sociocultural Approaches
The Sociology of Creativityp. 211
Group Creativityp. 231
Organizational Creativityp. 249
Culture and Creativityp. 265
History and Creativityp. 281
Creativity in the Domains
Visual Artsp. 297
Writingp. 319
Musicp. 337
Theaterp. 357
Sciencep. 371
Everyday Creativity
Education and Creativityp. 389
How To Be More Creativep. 405
Conclusion: The Future of Creativityp. 427
Appendices The Domain of Creativity Research
Creativity Timelinep. 439
Creativity Overviewsp. 443
Journals that Publish Creativity Researchp. 445
Influential Books in Creativity Researchp. 447
Journal Special Issuesp. 457
The Field Of Creativity Research
Important Creativity Researchersp. 463
Colleges and Universities with a Degree or Certificate in Creativityp. 473
Professional Associations and Conferencesp. 475
Referencesp. 477
Indexp. 533
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