Creativity 101, Second Edition

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Creativity 101, Second Edition

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Author: James C. Kaufman PhD


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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.

New to the Second Edition:

  • 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

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 18, 2016
  • Page Count 368
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826129529

About The Author(s) 

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


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, on NPR, at the 92nd Street Y, and in

Redesign My Brain

, and narrated the comic book documentary


. He is also a playwright/lyricist whose musical

Discovering Magenta

made its New York City debut in 2015.

Table of Contents 




Part I: The Basics

Chapter 1 What Is Creativity?

Chapter 2 Theories of Creativity

Chapter 3 The Structure of Creativity

Chapter 4 Measures of Creativity

Part II: The Creative Individual

Chapter 5 Creativity and Personality

Chapter 6 Creativity and Motivation

Chapter 7 Creativity and Intelligence

Chapter 8 Creativity and Mental Health

Part III: The Big Picture

Chapter 9 Creativity and Admissions, Hiring, and Fairness

Chapter 10 Creative Environments: Life, Classrooms, Workplaces, and the World

Chapter 11 Creative Perceptions (of Self and Others)

Chapter 12 Is Creativity a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Epilogue: The Future of Creativity