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Creativity : Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice - Mark A. Runco

Creativity

Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice

Hardcover Published: 14th December 2006
ISBN: 9780126024005
Number Of Pages: 504

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An integrative introduction to the theories and themes in research on creativity, this book is both a reference work and text for courses in this burgeoning area of research. The book begins with a discussion of the theories of creativity (Person, Product, Process, Place), the general question of whether creativity is influenced by nature or nurture, what research has indicated of the personality and style of creative individuals from a personality analysis standpoint, how social context affects creativity, and then coverage of issues like gender differences, whether creativity can be enhanced, if creativity is related to poor mental or physical health, etc.

The book contains boxes covering special interest items including one page biographies of famous creative individuals and activities for a group or individual to test and/or encourage creativity, as well as references to internet sites relating to creativity.

*Focuses on the theories and research available about creativity, not just speculation
*Applicable to biological, cognitive, developmental, educational, organization, clinical, social, and historical disciplines
*Dissects and addresses the major debates over creativity (i.e., what is considered creative?)

"Mark A. Runco's excellent book Creativity: Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice may be one way to bring creativity back into relevance in psychology. This remarkable book clearly sets the stage for those involved in creativity research, for those wanting to get into this interesting and complex area, or simply for those who want an up-to-date volume on the field from one of the leading researchers in the area." --PsycCritiques (Oct 10, 2007, Vol 52, Release 41, Article 8)

Prefacep. ix
Cognition and Creativityp. 1
Developmental Trends and Influences on Creativityp. 39
Biological Perspectives on Creativityp. 71
Health and Clinical Perspectivesp. 115
Social, Attributional, and Organizational Perspectivesp. 153
Educational Perspectivesp. 177
History and Historiometryp. 213
Culture and Creativityp. 263
Personality and Motivationp. 279
Enhancement and the Fulfillment of Potentialp. 319
Conclusion: What Creativity Is and What It Is Notp. 375
Referencesp. 413
Indexp. 477
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ISBN: 9780126024005
ISBN-10: 0126024006
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 14th December 2006
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.1  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.21