The Nature of Creativity: Contemporary Psychological Perspectives

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Robert J. Sternberg
CUP Archive, May 27, 1988 - Medical - 454 pages
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Originally published in 1988, this book provides sixteen chapters by acknowledged experts on the richness and diversity of psychological approaches to the study of creativity. Addressing various aspects and levels of analysis, together they constitute a broad survey of the understanding of what it is to be 'creative'. In the first part of The Nature of Creativity, the role of the environment is discussed. In the second part, the role of the individual is viewed - first from a psychometric perspective; and then from a cognitive or information-processing perspective. In the third part, the role of interaction between individual and environment is examined, first through studies of creative lives; and then through studies of creative systems. The final part consists of an integration and comparison of these various approaches to creativity. A broad audience of psychologists, educators, students and general readers will welcome this lively and thought-provoking investigation.
 

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Contents

The conditions of creativity
11
The nature of creativity as manifest in its testing
43
Putting creativity to work
76
Various approaches to and definitions of creativity
99
A threefacet model of creativity
125
Problem solving and creativity
148
A computational model of scientific insight
177
Freedom and constraint in creativity
202
dreams insights and transformations
271
a synthetic scientific approach
298
a systems view of creativity
325
Creativity and talent as learning
340
The possibility of invention
362
Creativity leadership and chance
386
What do we know about creativity?
429
Subject index
447

Creativity as a mechanical process
220
the evolvingsystems
243

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