Creativity: From Potential to Realization

Pages: 226
Item #: 4318012
ISBN: 978-1-59147-120-2
List Price: $19.95
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Copyright: 2004
Format: Hardcover
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Who is creative... and why? And what does it mean to be creative? Is a creative individual a master-of-all trades or a master of one? In other words, is creativity a generalized attribute or is it a domain-specific attribute?

In Creativity: From Potential to Realization, authors ponder these questions and discuss the attributes that lead people to be creative in various fields such as the arts and letters, the sciences, and business. The emphasis of this volume is on the theoretical issue of whether the attributes that lead to creativity in one domain are the same as those that lead to creativity in another domain.

Researchers and students alike will find these discussions delightfully intriguing. The study of creativity is burgeoning and multidisciplinary, in that it involves approaches of social, personality, cognitive, clinical, biological, differential, developmental, and educational psychology. The book will be of interest a wide range of psychologist, researchers and students.

Table of Contents



  1. Hawking's Haiku, Madonna's Math: Why it is Hard to be Creative in Every Room of the House?
    —James C. Kaufman and John Boer
  2. Everyone Has Creative Potential
    —Mark A. Runco
  3. The Artistic Personality: A Systems Perspective
    —Sami Abuhamdeh and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  4. The Generality–Specificity of Creativity: A Multivariate Approach
    —Todd Lubart and Jacques-Henri Guignard
  5. The Evolved Fluid Specificity of Human Creative Talent
    —Gregory J. Feist
  6. Creativity as a Constrained Stochastic Process
    —Dean Keith Simonton
  7. Inventors: The Ordinary Genius Next Door
    —Sheila J. Henderson
  8. Artistic Scientists and Scientific Artists: The Link Between Polymathy and Creativity
    —Robert Root-Bernstein and Michele Root-Bernstein
  9. Why Creativity Is Domain General, Why it Looks Domain Specific, and Why the Distinction Doesn't Matter
    —Jonathan A. Plucker and Ronald A. Beghetto
  10. Vertical and Horizontal Mentoring for Creativity
    —Mia Keinanen and Howard Gardner
  11. Concluding Comments: Crossover Creativity or Domain Specificity?
    —Jerome L. Singer

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Robert J. Sternberg is best known for his theory of successful intelligence, investment theory of creativity (developed with Todd Lubart), theory of mental self-government, and balance theory of wisdom as well as for his triangular theory of love and his theory of love as a story.

Dr. Sternberg is the author of more than 900 journal articles, book chapters, and books and has received about $20 million in government grants and contracts for his research. He is past-president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and editor of Contemporary Psychology. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 1975 and his BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University in 1972. He has won many awards from APA and other organizations. He has been president of four APA divisions and has served as editor of Psychological Bulletin.

Elena L. Grigorenko holds a PhD in general psychology from Moscow State University (1990) and a PhD in developmental psychology and genetics from Yale University (1996). Her professional experiences include conducting research, teaching psychology, and designing educational curricula.

Dr. Grigorenko has published more than 100 books and articles, and she is currently associate editor of Contemporary Psychology.

Dr. Grigorenko has worked with American, Russian, Indian, and African children. Her main interests are individual differences, child development, and exceptional children. Currently, Dr. Grigorenko is associate professor at Yale and Moscow State University.

Jerome L. Singer received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a professor of psychology at Yale University, where he served for many years as director of the graduate program in clinical psychology and also as director of graduate studies in psychology. He is codirector, with Dr. Dorothy G. Singer, of the Yale University Family Television Research and Consultation Center. He is a specialist in research on the psychology of imagination and daydreaming.

Dr. Singer has authored more than 200 technical articles and has written or edited more than 15 books. He is a fellow of APA. He has been president of the Eastern Psychological Association; president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology of the APA; chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs of the APA; and president of the APA Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Currently he is editor of the journal Imagination, Cognition and Personality.

Reviews & Awards
This book stands as a valuable gathering of different aspects of a central issue in research on creativity. Recommended.
—CHOICE Magazine