Creativity 101, Second Edition (Psych 101 Series)

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What makes us creative? How can organizations, schools, or parents inspire people to be more creative? How do we even start to define the topic in thefirst place? Now in its second edition, this bestselling introductory text—written by one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of creativity—iscompletely updated and expanded to reflect the tremendous growth in this field. In a restructured, reader-friendly format, the text surveys the latesttheories and research to provide key information about what we know (and don’t know) about creativity. It addresses how creativity operates both onindividual and on social/environmental levels, how it is defined and measured, and several hot debates in the field, such as creativity’s uncertainrelationship to mental illness. Grounded in psychological research from clinical, industrial, social, cognitive, evolutionary, and developmentalperspectives, this text also draws on classic and current findings from neuroscience, business, education, engineering, and biology.

This much-praised book is an ideal brief and affordable text for courses on creativity in psychology, education, business, and other fields, as well ascross-disciplinary seminars and programs in creativity studies.

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  • Completely updated and expanded with new theories and frameworks and including the latest research
  • Restructured to enhance flow of information and ease of use
  • New coverage of how creativity can be improved at the level of the individual and the environment, measuring creativity, and creativity across cultures

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James C. Kaufman, PhD, is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. An internationally recognized leader in the field of creativity, he is the author/ editor of more than 35 books, including the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (2010) and Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom (2014), and more than 250 papers. Dr. Kaufman was a cofounding editor of both Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture; he currently edits the
International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. He has won the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Berlyne and Farnsworth Awards from the American Psychological Association (APA), and Mensa's research award. A former president of APA's Division 10, Dr. Kaufman is a popular media expert on creativity. He has appeared on CNN (testing Dr. Sanjay Gupta's creativity), on NPR, at the 92nd Street Y (debating creativity and madness), on the hit Australian documentary series Redesign My Brain, and narrated the comic book documentary Independents. He is also a playwright/lyricist whose musical Discovering Magenta made its New York City debut in 2015.

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Praise for the first edition:
"Full of keen and illuminating insight...written with creative flair and great elegance." 
Robert Olen Butler 
Author, "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain " 
Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction 

"[An] excellent primer or review of what is out there in terms of research, definitions, theoretical considerations, and leading thinkers in the world of creativity."
--Gifted and Talented International

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