Creativity 101

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Springer Publishing Company, Feb 5, 2009 - Psychology - 256 pages
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What is creativity and how can we measure it? Creativity 101 serves as a brief, engaging introduction to the field of creativity. Dr. Kaufman presents the cutting-edge research and analyzes new and emerging theories in the field. This book investigates the many definitions of creativity, as well as how it is manifested and measured in schools, the workplace, business, art, media, and more.

Key topics discussed:

  • The Four Ps of creativity: person, product, process, and press
  • How creativity influences personality, motivation, intelligence, and talent
  • The dark side of creativity: the remarkable relationship between creativity and mental illness
  • Emerging directions in creativity research, with discussions on neuroscience, the media, and literature

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James C. Kaufman does a great job at defining what creativity is in society as well as the classroom. In the beginning he does a good job at keeping the readers attention. After a while I feel that the book gets a little redundant. Although it may seem redundant James C. Kaufman is very effective while he has the readers attention. He also brings up a great question in the book: Should creativity be a more important factor when applying to college? 

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I found James Kaufman's Creativity 101 to be an extremely difficult book to read. Mainly, because of the writing style and or way he chose to write in citations. I would often find myself losing my ... Read full review


Chapter 1 Defining Creativity
Chapter 2 Modern Theories of Creativity
Chapter 3 Is Creativity One Thing or Many Things?
Chapter 4 Where Does Creativity Fit In? Personality Motivation and Intelligence
Chapter 5 Does Creativity Have a Dark Side?
Chapter 6 Should Creativity Be Included in School Admissions?
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James C. Kaufman is an Associate Professor at the California State University at San Bernardino, where he is also the director of the Learning Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in Cognitive Psychology, where his mentor was Robert J. Sternberg. Kaufman has authored more than 100 papers and written or edited 12 books, including the recent International Handbook of Creativity (with Sternberg; Cambridge, 2006), and Creativity and Reason in Cognitive Development (with Baer; Cambridge, 2006). Kaufman was recently named a co-editor of the official journal for APA's Division 10, Psychology, Aesthetics, and the Arts. He received the 2003 Daniel E. Berlyne Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association for outstanding research by a junior scholar, and has served as a Member at Large for Division 10. He has received awards for his professional contributions from CSUSB's psychology department and their college of social and behavioral sciences.

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