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Before the Gates of Excellence : The Determinants of Creative Genius - R.A. Ochse

Before the Gates of Excellence

The Determinants of Creative Genius

Paperback Published: 30th April 1990
ISBN: 9780521376990
Number Of Pages: 312

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Before the Gates of Excellence is an exceptionally well-written and lively account of the nature of productive creativity or 'genius'. It is a comprehensive survey of knowledge about productive creativity: it explores the theoretical concepts of creativity and the creative process, and attempts to explain the determining factors. Almost all schools of thought and methodological approaches are represented. The facts and ideas discussed are drawn not only from the findings of psychological research but also from biographical studies, autobiographical accounts and personal documents, illustrating the interacting influences of social environments, personality, life experiences, etc. This clear and comprehensive account of the determinants and processes of creativity will appeal to undergraduates and graduate students of psychology and is readily accessible to the general reader.

Modern conceptions of creativity
The focus of this book
Genius and creativity: historical perspective of theory and research
Methods used in research on productive creators
The Creative Person
Social background
The home environment
Education and career
Characteristics of creative achievers
The creator's motivation
The developmental pattern
Creative Thinking and Inspiration
Stages in creative problem-solving
Specific abilities and processes involved in creative problem-solving
Traditional views of the role of unconscious processes
Unconscious processing and inspiration: a new interpretation
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ISBN: 9780521376990
ISBN-10: 0521376998
Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 30th April 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.4