Changing the World: A Framework for the Study of Creativity

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Creativity: Dreams, Insights, and Transformations

David Henry Feldman

In February of 1976 I had an experience that was a classic example of insight, with full, blazing impact and dazzling effect. I was even in the shower when it sent me out stark naked to tell the world, or at least a colleague with whom I was then sharing a hotel room. I can still remember that experience in detail, although no doubt it has become somewhat embellished with frequent retelling and reexperiencing. Nonetheless, I would like to use that experience as part of the basis for this essay. With recent emphasis in creativity research on breaking down the process into common elements ( Perkins, 1981) or examining it through an information- processing lens ( Hofstadter, 1985a, 1985b; Sternberg, 1986), or in terms of persistent lifelong struggles ( Gruber, 1981), I think it well to remember that every now and then one of those blinding visions of a new reality actually does occur, and one occurred to me in 1976.

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The support of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. Also, the members of our research team, the Developmental Science Group, made invaluable contributions: Thanks to Lynn T. Goldsmith, Margaret L. Adams, Ann C. Benjamin, Martha J. Morelock, and Ronald E. Walton for their help and support.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - A Framework for the Study of Creativity 1
  • References 40
  • 2 - The Fruits of Asynchrony: A Psychological Examination of Creativity 47
  • Notes 66
  • References 66
  • 3 - The Creators' Patterns 69
  • Notes 82
  • References 83
  • 4 - Creativity: Proof That Development Occurs 85
  • References 98
  • 5 - Creativity: Dreams, Insights, and Transformations 103
  • Note 132
  • References 132
  • 6 - The Domain of Creativity 135
  • References 155
  • 7 - Mamas Versus Genes: Notes from the Culture Wars 159
  • 8 - Conclusion: Creativity Research on the Verge 173
  • Bibliography 177
  • Index 179
  • About the Authors 181
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