Research, Development, and Practice

3rd Edition - September 1, 2019

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  • Author: Mark Runco
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081026175

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Creativity: Research, Development, and Practice, Third Edition, summarizes research on the development, expression, and enhancement of creativity. It draws from the full range of disciplines studying creativity, including psychology, business, education, economics, philosophy, neuroscience, and more. This volume includes exploration of research on the nature/nurture debate, what influences creativity, how creativity is related to personality, how social context may affect creativity, mental health, and its relation to creativity, gender differences, and how creativity is related to and differs from, invention, innovation, imagination, and adaptability. The third edition has been thoroughly updated, with a new chapter on psychometrics and substantial updates on the biology and neuroscience of creativity, politics, and creative cognition. It includes quotations, graphics, boxed controversial issues, and biographical examples from unambiguously creative individuals.

Key Features

  • Summarizes research from the full range of perspectives on creativity
  • Includes a new chapter on the psychometrics of creativity
  • Distinguishes controlled cognition from associative and intuitive cognition
  • Features substantial updates on the biology and neuroscience of creativity
  • Explores creativity research relating to media, business and leadership
  • Addresses the big issues, including cultural differences, traditional intelligence, computer and animal creativity, and more


Researchers in personality and social psychology studying creativity, profs teaching creativity courses in psych depts

Table of Contents

  • 1. Cognition and Creativity
    2. Personality and Motivation
    3. The Psychometrics of Creativity
    4. Biological Perspectives on Creativity
    5. Health and Clinical Perspectives
    6. Social, Attributional, and Organizational Perspectives
    7. Culture and Creativity
    8. History and Historiometry
    9. Creativity and Politics
    10. Developmental Trends and Influences on Creativity
    11. Educational Perspectives
    12. Enhancement and the Fulfillment of Potential
    13. Creativity and Philosophy
    14. Conclusion: What Creativity is and What it is Not

Product details

  • No. of pages: 578
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: September 1, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081026175

About the Author

Mark Runco

Mark Runco
Mark Runco, Director of Creativity Research & Programming, Southern Oregon University, Ashland OR, USA Mark Runco earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the Claremont Graduate School in California and has studied creativity ever since. He is currently a Director of Creativity Research & Programming, Southern Oregon University, Ashland OR, USA He began his teaching career as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. He then taught at Cal State Fullerton for 22 years. He was also an adjunct professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration for nearly 15 years and lectured regularly at Universidad de Cantabria in Spain and Shaanxi Normal University in Xi'an, China. He is a distinguished consulting faculty member at the Saybrook Graduate University in San Francisco and remains on the University of Georgia Graduate Faculty Mark developed nine seminars on creativity, including "Creativity: What It Is and What It Is Not," "The Assessment of Creativity," "Creative Cognition," and "Social Contexts for Creativity." He is Fellow and past president of Division 10 (Psychology, Art, Creativity, and Aesthetics) of the American Psychological Association. Mark also founded the Creativity Research Journal, which he still edits, along with two new journals: Business Creativity and the Creative Economy, and the Journal of Genius and Eminence. In 2010, Mark published the "rCAB" (Runco Creativity Assessment Battery), a comprehensive battery of tests for the assessment of creativity. He has published over 300 articles, chapters, and books on creativity, its measurement and enhancement. His textbook Creativity: Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice has been translated into 10 languages. The 3rd edition will be published in 2020. He also was an Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Creativity, which was published in 1999 and the second edition, which was published in 2011.

Affiliations and Expertise

Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, USA; Director of Creativity Research & Programming, Southern Oregon University, Ashland OR, USA

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