2nd Edition

Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice

Authors: Mark Runco
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124105126
eBook ISBN: 9780124105225
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th March 2014
Page Count: 520
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An integrative introduction to the theories and themes in research on creativity, the second edition of Creativity is both a reference work and text for courses in this burgeoning area of research. The book begins with a discussion of the theories of creativity (Person, Product, Process, Place), the general question of whether creativity is influenced by nature or nurture, what research has indicated of the personality and style of creative individuals from a personality analysis standpoint, and how social context affects creativity. This wide-ranging work then proceeds to coverage of issues such as gender differences, whether creativity can be enhanced, if creativity is related to poor mental or physical health, and much more.

The book contains boxes covering special interest items, including one-page biographies of famous creative individuals, and activities for a group or individual to test or encourage creativity, as well as references to Internet sites relating to creativity.

Key Features

  • Includes all major theories and perspectives on creativity
  • Consolidates recent research into a single source
  • Includes key terms defined and text boxes with interesting related material
  • Single authored for clarity and consistency of presentation


Researchers and applied professionals interested in creativity, Div 10 APA, profs teaching creativity as a course

Table of Contents



1: Cognition and Creativity


Creativity and Intelligence

Analogical Thinking and Metaphor

Transformational Capacity

Problem Solving

Problem Finding

Stage Models of Creative Cognition

Restructuring and Insight

Experience, Expertise, Information, and Insight


Unconscious Processes and Creative Cognition

Perception and Creativity



Overinclusive Thinking


2: Developmental Trends and Influences on Creativity


Trends and Stages of Development

Peer Status and Creativity

Adult Development


3: Biological Perspectives on Creativity


Hemispheric Asymmetry and the Split Brain

Handedness and Hemisphericity

Brain Waves and the Electroencephalogram

Prefrontal Cortex

Hierarchies within the Brain

The Cerebellum and Creativity

The Emotional Brain

Manipulations of the Human Brain

The Brain of Albert Einstein

Altered States and Brain Function

Different Tasks, Different Structures, and Networks

Genetic Basis of Creative Potential


4: Health and Clinical Perspectives


Affective Disorders

Affect and Mood




Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Primary and Secondary Process

Psychosis and Psychoticism

ADHD and Creativity

Physical Impairments

Adaptability and Maladaptations

Encouraging Creativity

Self-Actualization and the Courage to Create


5: Social, Attributional, and Organizational Perspectives


Social Influences on Environments and Settings

Social Judgment</P


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About the Author

Mark Runco

Mark Runco has studied creativity and innovation for 35 years. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and is Professor at the University of Georgia, as well as Distinguished Research Fellow at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. His PhD is in Cognitive Psychology from the Claremont Graduate School. He also earned his MA and his BA from Claremont. He is founding Editor of the Creativity Research Journal and is on the Editorial Board of Creativity and Innovation Management, the Journal of Creative Behavior and various other academic journals. He is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Creativity (1999, 2011) and in 2015 he collaborated with the International Center for Studies in Creativity to introduce two new academic journals, Business Creativity and the Creative Economy and the Journal of Genius and Eminence. Dr. Runco was Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and the Torrance Professor and Director of the Torrance Creativity Center at UGA. He is Past President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10. Dr. Runco has published over 200 articles, chapters, and books on creativity and innovation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, USA