Explaining Creativity The Science of Human Innovation

ISBN-10: 0195304454

ISBN-13: 9780195304459

Edition: 2006

Authors: R. Keith Sawyer

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Explaining Creativity is an accessible introduction to the latest scientific research on creativity. In the last 50 years, psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists have increasingly studied creativity, and 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, and business innovation. Until about a decade ago, creativity researchers tendedto focus on highly valued activities like fine art painting and Nobel prize winning science. Sawyer brings this research up to date by including movies, music videos, cartoons, video games, hypertext fiction, and computer technology. For example, this is the first book on creativity to include studies of performanceand improvisation. Sawyer draws on the latest research findings to show the importance of collaboration and context in all of these creative activities.Today's science of creativity is interdisciplinary; in addition to psychological studies of creativity Explaining Creativity includes research by anthropologists on creativity in non-Western cultures, and research by sociologists about the situation, contexts, and networks of creative activity. Explaining Creativity brings these approaches together within the sociocultural approach to creativity pioneered by Howard Becker, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Howard Gardner.The sociocultural approach moves beyond the individual to consider the social and cultural contexts of creativity, emphasizing the role of collaboration and context in the creative process.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Conceptions
Introduction
Conceptions of Creativity
Defining Creativity
Individualist Approaches
Personality Psychology
The Second Wave: Cognitive Psychology
Biology
Computational Approaches
From Individual to Context
Contextualist Approaches
Sociology
Culture
History
Applying Individualist and Contextualist Approaches to Creativity
Artistic Creativity
Visual Creativity
Writing
Music
Acting
Goodbye to Our Creativity Myths
Everyday Creativity
Science
Business Creativity
How to Be More Creative
Epilogue
References
Index
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