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Aging and Creativity - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128164013

Aging and Creativity

1st Edition

Authors: Kenneth Gilhooly Mary Martin Gilhooly
Paperback ISBN: 9780128164013
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st August 2021
Page Count: 250
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Cognitive Aging and Creativity examines the effects of cognitive aging on creative functioning. It looks at different aspects of cognition such as working memory, speed of processing, learning efficiency, and retrieval from long term memory. The book goes on to explain the degree to which changes in these different cognitive functions affect creative thinking, and considers the aging-associated changes in personality, life course issues, and motivation that will affect real world creative performance. Using both laboratory-based approaches, which seek to untangle the contributions of different functions to creativity, as revealed by aging effects, and also real world studies of aging effects on every day and on high level creative behaviour, the book concludes with practical implications of age effects on creativity for older people in work, education, and everyday life.

Key Features

  • Explores cognition and creativity through childhood to old age
  • Considers creativity from a neuroscientific perspective
  • Covers age effects on perception, working memory, and long-term memory
  • Examines links between productivity, motivation, and creativity
  • Includes case studies of older creatives such as Matisse, Lloyd-Wright, Hawking, and Darwin


Clinicians, researchers, and students in gerontology, developmental psychology, cognitive psych, sociology, biology, and other related health care professions tasked with caring for the aging population

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    2. Cognition in Young Adults
    3. Creative Competence in Young Adults
    4. Creative Performance of Young Adults in Real World
    5. Aging and Cognition
    6. Aging and Creative Competence
    7. Aging and Real-World Creative Performance
    8. Case Studies of Older Creatives
    9. Implications for Creativity Through the Lifespan
    10. Summary and Conclusions


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About the Authors

Kenneth Gilhooly

Kenneth Gilhooly

Dr Gilhooly’s research is in the area of human cognitive psychology, especially thinking and problem solving and effects of age on cognition and well-being. His emphasis recently has been on collaborative work at Brunel University London on aging, dementia, and on decision-making among professionals dealing with elder financial abuse.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor in Gerontology, Brunel University, London, UK

Mary Martin Gilhooly

Mary Martin Gilhooly

Dr. Gilhooly’s research focusses on financial elder abuse; posterior cortical atrophy and Alzheimer’s Disease; radiation exposure, exposure worry, and cognitive functioning; and lay concepts of dementia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Gerontology and Health Studies, Department of Clinical Sciences, Brunel University, London, UK

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