Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 31, 2003 - Psychology - 312 pages
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Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development explores the strengths and opportunities of old age as these are manifested by the accomplishments of aging artists, late artistic works, and elderly arts audiences. The book draws on scholarship in the humanities, primarily in art history; examines mainly paintings and painters, both historical and contemporary; reviews empirical research on creativity and cognition, predominantly from psychology and gerontology; and presents the author's original studies, including surveys of art historians, questionnaires completed by aging artists and arts audiences, and experiments involving judgments of art by laypersons. The research presented in Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development suggests that creativity continues into the later years; higher-order mental abilities related to creativity, like imagination and problem-solving, persist until late in life; and the elderly's physical, sensory, mental, and interpersonal competencies may be enhanced by engagement with the arts. This work interrelates the disciplines of science, the humanities, and the arts to form a synthesis that builds on the strengths of the methods of quantification of science; the emphasis on the individual in the humanities; and the expressive and intuitive modes of communication in the arts. Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development critically examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive development, and gerontology, and will be of interest to a wide range of professionals and students in these fields.
 

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Contents

The Case is Made LateLife
1
Old Age and Old Artists
23
Competing Views of LateLife Creativity
43
What about Productivity?
51
Does Creativity Decline with Age?
59
The Continuity Position
71
Problems with the Continuity Model
78
Wherefore Decline and Continuity?
85
Changes in the Artists Approach to Art with Age
137
The Future
145
The Issues
151
Describing Paintings in the OldAge Style
193
Beyond the OldAge Style Old Art and Aging Artists
211
Art and the Elderly
223
Age Differences and the Arts
243
Looking Ahead
265

The Course of Creativity among Historical Artists
103
Creative Productivity Gender and Individual Differences
115
Quality and Quantity Compared
131

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