We are first and foremost indebted to our colleagues on the Social Science Research Council's Committee on Development, Giftedness, and the Learning Process. For ten years ( 1980-1990) we met as a group and discussed creativity and related matters. What appears here reflects those discussions and exchanges in ways that it would be almost impossible to sort out. Jeanne Bamberger and Howard Gruber were there from the beginning, while Yadin Dudai, Helen Haste, Robert Siegler, and Robert Sternberg joined the group at various points and had significant impact. Each of these people has also made significant independent contributions to our understanding of creativity (and/or human giftedness), and a full appreciation for the work that was done during our ten years together would necessitate reading works by these authors as well as our own.
A great debt is also owed to the Social Science Research Council itself, and particularly to Dr. Lonnie Sherrod and Dr. Peter B. Read, who served as staff to our committee. Lonnie and Peter became full participants in the work, and gave much more than just logistical and technical support. Their substantive contributions are also, we hope, reflected in the work you are about to read.
Thanks as well to John Harney, at Greenwood Publishing, for his long standing interest in this project. He stood by patiently while the project took form, then gently provided guidance and support as it went through its