Psychology of Creativity: Cognitive, Emotional, and Social Processes

Giovanni B. Moneta (Editor)
London Metropolitan University, London, UK

Jekaterina Rogaten (Editor)
University of the Arts London, UK

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY034000

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Creativity is a property of a finished idea or product. An idea is creative if it is both new and adaptive. Creative ideas are needed in a world that becomes ever more complex, and poses problems with no clear path to a solution and for which no solution method is known. These ill-conditioned problems are ubiquitous in work and everyday life. For 65 years, psychologists have researched the psychological processes that foster the inception of a novel and promising idea, and eventually lead to its social recognition as an innovation. Despite the huge conceptual and methodological progress made, creativity still defies attempts to teach it in universities, to foster it in work environments, and to make it become a component of lifelong personal development for all.

“Psychology of Creativity” is a timely collection of cutting-edge conceptual and empirical contributions to the research on the cognitive, emotional, and social processes underlying creativity in general and in specific contexts, such as learning and teaching development, professional development, and adaptive coping with aging. Each chapter is grounded in psychological theory, addresses specific research questions, and outlines interesting and feasible directions for future research and applications. This book is suitable both for experienced researchers and for graduate students who are considering conducting their dissertation in the field of psychology of creativity. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Section I: Reviews

Chapter 1. Creativity in Higher Education: The use of Creative Cognition in Studying
Jekaterina Rogaten [University of the Arts London, UK] and Giovanni B. Moneta [London Metropolitan University, London, UK]

Chapter 2. Cognitive Processes Underlying Creativity at Work
Gina Palermo and Giovanni B. Moneta (London Metropolitan University, London, UK)

Chapter 3. Mindfulness Meditation and Creativity
Viviana Capurso [University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy], Franco Fabbro and Cristiano Crescentini [University of Udine, Udine, Italy]

Section II: Cognitive Processes

Chapter 4. The Relationship between Visual Creativity and Visual Mental Imagery in Ageing
Massimiliano Palmiero [University of L’Aquila, Aquila, Italy and Neuropsychology Unit, I.R.C.C.S. Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome, Italy], Raffaella Nori [University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy], and Laura Piccardi [University of L’Aquila, Aquila, Italy and Neuropsychology Unit, I.R.C.C.S. Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome, Italy]

Chapter 5. Connecting Creativity and Giftedness: Do High-Ability Populations Have an Advantage?
Angie L. Miller (Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana, USA)

Chapter 6. Characteristics of the Creative Person in Mathematics
Maria Kattou, Constantinos Christou and Demetra Pitta-Pantazi (University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus)

Section III: Emotional Processes

Chapter 7. Creativity in Work Projects as a Function of Affective Shifts: A Pilot Study
Florence Mackay and Giovanni B. Moneta (London Metropolitan University, London, UK)

Chapter 8. The “Positive Triad” of the Regulation of Personal Choice among Creative Professionals
Elizaveta Pavlova and Tatiana Kornilova (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation)

Section IV: Social Processes

Chapter 9. Psychobiographical Research and Personality Psychological Background of Creativity: The Case of Friedrich Nietzsche
Zoltan Kovary (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)

Chapter 10. Motivational Orientations and Opportunity for Creativity in the Job: A Seven-Year Follow-Up Study in Hong Kong
Giovanni B. Moneta (London Metropolitan University, London, UK)

Chapter 11. Scientists' Creative Potential as a Function of the Innovative Potential of Scientific Disciplines
Giovanni B. Moneta (London Metropolitan University, London, UK)

About the Editors

Index

The book is suitable both for experienced researchers and for graduate students who are considering conducting their dissertation in the field of psychology of creativity

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