Creativity and Morality

Creativity and Morality

1st Edition - October 27, 2022

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  • Editors: Hansika Kapoor, James Kaufman
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323856683
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323856676

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Creativity and Morality summarizes and integrates research on creativity used to achieve bad or immoral ends. The book includes the use of deception, novel ideas to commit wrongdoings across contexts, including in organizations, the classroom and terrorism. Morality is discussed from an individual perspective and relative to broader sociocultural norms that allow people to believe actions are justified. Chapters explore this research from an interdisciplinary perspective, including from psychology, philosophy, media studies, aesthetics and ethics.

Key Features

  • Summarizes research on creativity used for immoral purposes
  • Identifies individual and sociocultural perspectives on morality
  • Explores creativity in business, education, design and criminal behavior
  • Includes research from psychology, philosophy, ethics, and more


Researchers in social psychology and personality, applied psychology, industrial/organizational behavior

Table of Contents

    1. The AMORAL model of dark creativity
    Hansika Kapoor, Monk Prayogshala, India James C. Kaufman, University of Connecticut, USA
    2. An interdisciplinary perspective on creativity and morality
    Donald Ambrose, Rider University
    3. Beyond malevolent and benevolent: Why creativity and morality have more in common than we expect
    Vlad Glaveanu, Webster University Geneva
    4. Morality and creativity
    Wangbing Shen, Hohai University

    5. The relation between aesthetic and moral sensitivity
    Marcos Nadal and Alejandro Dorado, University of the Balearic Islands
    6. Can you or will you imagine? Ability and willingness to imagine fictional scenarios depends on the type of imaginary world
    Jessica E. Black, University of Oklahoma
    7. Video games, morality, and empathy
    Karen Schrier, Marist College

    8. Counterproductive work behaviors and creativity
    Kevin Mitchell, Roni Reiter-Palmon, University of Nebraska at Omaha
    9. The relationship between creativity and (un)ethical behaviors among employees and leaders
    Xin Qin, Sun Yat-sen University
    10. Creativity and morality in the world of technology: The intersection of creativity, design, and responsible problem solving
    David H. Cropley, University of South Australia

    11. Creativity and individual and tribal ethical behavior
    Robert J. Sternberg, Cornell University
    12. Creativity, malevolent creativity, and the Dark Triad
    Gayle Dow, Christopher Newport University
    13. The intersection of morality, creativity, and deception
    Jeffrey J. Walczyk, Louisiana Tech University

    14. The mixed moral implications of the creative identity
    Lynne C. Vincent, Syracuse University
    15. The intersections of creativity and complex moral/immoral emotions
    Radek Trnka, Prague College of Psychosocial Studies and Palacky University Olomouc Iva Poláčková Šolcová Czech Academy of Science and Prague College of Psychosocial Studies
    16. Morality and creativity
    David Pizarro, Cornell University

Product details

  • No. of pages: 330
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: October 27, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323856683
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323856676

About the Editors

Hansika Kapoor

Hansika Kapoor, PhD, is Research Author at the Department of Psychology at Monk Prayogshala - a not-for-profit academic research institution in Mumbai, India. She holds a PhD from IIT, Bombay in the area of dark creativity; specifically, her thesis explored the measurement, facets, and process components of negative creativity through behavioral and electrophysiological methods. She is the recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2019-2020), through which she pursued more research on dark creativity at the University of Connecticut with Prof. James C. Kaufman. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed scholarly works, several in international academic journals, such as Creativity Research Journal, Thinking Skills and Creativity, and Personality and Individual Differences. She also regularly contributes to popular media publications, including Aeon Magazine, Psychology Today, Mint, and Firstpost. Dr. Kapoor has been cited as a subject matter expert in numerous features on social and cognitive psychology in the Indian context. Her research interests lie in cognitive, social, and moral psychology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Author, Department of Psychology, Monk Prayogshala, Mumbai, India

James Kaufman

James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 45 books and 300 papers, which include theoretical contributions such as the Four-C Model of Creativity (with Ron Beghetto) and empirical work, such as the study that spawned the “Sylvia Plath Effect. He is a past president of Division 10 (Society for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts) of the American Psychological Association (APA). James has won many awards, including Mensa’s research award, the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and APA’s Berlyne, Arnheim, and Farnsworth awards. He co-founded two major journals (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture). He has tested Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s creativity on CNN, appeared in the hit Australian show Redesign Your Brain, narrated the comic book documentary Independents, and is set to appear in a 2021 Netflix documentary. He wrote the book and lyrics to Discovering Magenta, which had its NYC premiere in 2015, and co-authored a book on bad baseball pitchers with his father.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Education Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA

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