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Explaining creativity : the science of human innovation

Author: R Keith Sawyer
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Keith Sawyer
ISBN: 9780199737574 0199737576
OCLC Number: 712591132
Description: xi, 555 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Conceptions. Introduction ; Conceptions of creativity --
Individualist approaches. Defining creativity through assessment ; The creative personality ; The creative process, part 1 ; The creative process, part 2 ; The creative process, part 3 ; Computer simulations of the creative process ; Biology and creativity ; Cognitive neuroscience and creativity --
Sociocultural approaches. The sociology of creativity ; Group creativity ; Organizational creativity ; Culture and creativity ; History and creativity --
Creativity in the domains. Visual arts ; Writing ; Music ; Theater ; Science --
Everyday creativity. Education and creativity ; How to be more creative ; Conclusion: the future of creativity.
Responsibility: R. Keith Sawyer.
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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.

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R. Keith Sawyer's second edition of Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation is so expanded that it is a truly different book from the first edition. The first edition was (correctly) Read more...

 
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