Aging and Creativity

Aging and Creativity

1st Edition - August 1, 2021

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  • Authors: Kenneth J. Gilhooly, Mary L.M. Gilhooly
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128164013
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128166154

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Aging and Creativity examines the effects of aging on creative functioning, including age-related changes in cognition, personality, and motivation that affect performance or output. The book reviews and summarizes both lab-based and real-world-based studies. Changes in working memory, speed of processing, learning efficiency, and retrieval from long-term memory are all discussed as factors influencing creativity, as are health changes and changes in social roles with later age. The book concludes with practical implications of age effects on creativity for older people in work and everyday life.

Key Features

  • Explores cognition and creativity from early adulthood through old age
  • Considers creativity and aging from an evidence-based perspective
  • Includes biological, psychological, and social approaches to aging and creativity
  • Covers age effects on perception, processing speed, working memory, and long-term memory
  • Discusses effects of health and social role changes with age on creativity
  • Examines links between productivity, motivation, and creativity over age


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. Creativity: Introduction
    2. Age and Aging
    3. Creative Competence and Age
    4. Real World Studies of Creative Productivity with Age
    5. Protective Factors and Risk Factors for Later Life Creativity
    6. Creative Thinking: Restructuring and Insight
    7. Noncognitive Factors in Creative Thinking: Personality, Psychopathology, and Mood
    8. Theories and Models of Creative Processes
    9. Aging Effects on Cognitive and Noncognitive Factors in Creativity
    10. Integrative Discussion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 284
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: August 1, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128164013
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128166154

About the Authors

Kenneth J. 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 L.M. 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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