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Creativity 101

SKU# 9780826106254

Author: James C. Kaufman PhD


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"...Full of keen and illuminating insight...Written with creative flair and great elegance."

Robert Olen Butler
Author, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

"...Witty, charming, and informative...Creativity 101 makes a convincing case for the importance of creativity in society, in our schools, and in our daily lives....And no, we aren't related."

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD
Author, The Psychology of Creative Writing

"[An] excellent primer or review of what is out there in terms of research, definitions, theoretical considerations, and leading thinkers in the world of creativity."--Gifted and Talented International

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

The Psych 101 Series

Short, reader-friendly introductions to cutting-edge topics in psychology. With key concepts, controversial topics, and fascinating accounts of up-to-the-minute research, The Psych 101 Series is a valuable resource for all students of psychology and anyone interested in the field.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 05, 2009
  • Page Count 256
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826106254
  • EISBN 9780826106261

About The Author(s) 

James C. Kaufman, PhD, is Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut. An internationally recognized leader in the field of creativity, he is the author/editor of more than 26 books, including Applied Intelligence (2008), Essentials of Creativity Assessment (2008),Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (2010), The Evolution of Intelligence (2012) and Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom (2014). Dr. Kaufman is the current President of American Psychological Association’s Division 10, which is devoted to the psychology of creativity, aesthetics, and the arts. He is the Founding Co-Editor of Psychology of Popular Media Culture and Co-Founded Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, both published by APA. He has won numerous awards, including the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Berlyne and Farnsworth Awards from APA, and Mensa’s research award. Dr. Kaufman has been quoted frequently in the media on creativity in education, business, and the arts -- including a 2010 Newsweek cover story on “the creativity crisis”-- and maintains a Psychology Today blog on the psychology on media, popular culture, and the arts.