Psychology of Creativity: Advances in Theory, Research and Application


Alessandro Antonietti (Editor)
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Messina, Italy
Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milano, Italy

Barbara Colombo (Editor)
Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milano, Italy

Daniel Memmert (Editor)
Institute of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research, German Sport University, Cologne, Germany

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY030000

Creativity is a topic that has gained increasing interest over the past decades and, unlike other topics which have sudden “moments of glory” and then quickly become neglected, it is an issue that continues to attract the attention of researchers and practitioners, overcoming the fluctuating fashions and curiosity of the moment. For this reason, it can be useful to consider periodically what is new about creativity. The aim of this book is to discuss recent developments in the field of creativity. More precisely, attention has been paid to four aspects. Firstly, the concept of creativity changes as a consequence of transformations in the social and cultural environment.

Thus, the way creativity is meant needs to be always updated by referring it to new requests and goals. Secondly, new theoretical constructs are proposed or unsuspected links between creativity and other notions are explored, so as to revise the old concepts. Thirdly, new research methods and instruments are devised and investigators have new opportunities to shed light on further aspects of creativity. Finally, both researchers and professionals discover new fields where creativity can be cultivated and trained, broadening the range of possible applications. A variety of subjects are addressed by following different approaches and by considering different aspects of creativity. Hopefully this should allow readers to have an updated view of what is currently debated and investigated in the field of theory and research about the psychological processes involved in creativity. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part I: General Creativity

Chapter 1. Creativity: Challenges to a Key Concept for the Twenty-first Century
(Maria de Fátima Morais, University of Minho, Portugal)

Chapter 2. Contextualized Multiple Thinking and Creativity
(Yin Cheong Cheng, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong)

Chapter 3. Creation and Production: Social Imaginary between Imagination and Common Sense
(Silvia Pierosara, University of Macerata, Italy)

Chapter 4. Unlocking Insight: Barriers as Doorways
(Jennifer Walinga, Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada)

Part II: Contextual Creativity

Chapter 5. Creativity and Mood Disorders
(Deborah Fraser, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Chapter 6. Higher Education Classes: Is there a Relationship between Creativity and Questioning?
(Patrícia Albergaria-Almeida, José Teixeira-Dias and Jorge Medina, Research Centre Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education, Department of Didactics, University of Aveiro, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 7. The Effects of Creative Thinking Activities in Visual Arts Instruction on Junior High School Students
(Yen-Shun Wei, Amber Yayin Wang and Pei-Fen Hsieh, Department of English, National Taichung University of Education, Taichung, Taiwan, and others)

Chapter 8. The Psychology of Creativity: Mental Models in Design Teams
(Hernan Casakin and Petra Badke-Schaub, Ariel University Center of Samaria, School of Architecture, Israel, and others)

Chapter 9. Creative Conflict and the Psychology of Musical Creativity: A Case Study of a Nashville Recording Session
(Guy Morrow, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Australia)

Chapter 10. The Role of Individual Creativity Levels in the Cognitive and Emotive Evaluation of Complex Multimedia Stimuli. A Study on Behavioural Data and Psycho-physiological Indices
(Barbara Colombo, Luca Grati, Chiara DiNuzzo and Alessandro Antonietti, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milano, Italy)


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