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Creativity and Development

R. Keith Sawyer, Vera John-Steiner, Seana Moran, Robert J Sternberg, David Henry Feldman, Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195149005
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848225 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149005.001.0001

Series: Counterpoints: Cognition, Memory, and Language

Creativity and Development

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This book explores the connections and tensions between creativity research and developmental psychology, two fields that have largely progressed independently of each other until now. Scholars in psychology investigated the emergence of new ideas, and the development of people and situations that bring them to completion. Findings are based on the observation that both creativity and development are processes that occur in complex systems, in which later stages or changes emerge from the prior state of the system. In the 1970s and 1980s, creativity researchers shifted their focus from personality traits to cognitive and social processes, and the co-authors of this volume are some of the influential figures in this transition. Readers will learn about the system activities resulting into three interconnected themes: the outcomes of creativity and development that emerge from dynamic undertakings, the interrelation between individual and social underpinnings, and the role of mediating artifacts and domains in development and creativity.

Keywords: creativity; developmental psychology; complex systems; social processes; dynamism; intelligence; development; ideas

Book.  244 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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Emergence in Creativity and Development in Creativity and Development

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Creativity in the Making in Creativity and Development

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