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Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation

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Explaining Creativity is an accessible introduction to the latest scientific research on creativity. In the last 50 yearss, psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists have increasingly studied creativity, and we now know more about creativity that at any point in history. ExplainingCreativity considers not only arts like painting and writing, but also science, stage...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Manal Elbanna
مما لا شك فيه ان الكتاب اكاديمي من الدرجة الاولى لمن يريدون دراسة الابداع كظاهرة فهو يحتوي على كافة النظريات القديمة و الحديثة التي تناولت كافة جوانب هذا الموضوع .. ففي الجزء الاول يتناول ظاهرة الابداع و هل بالامكان تفسيرها و الاساطير التي علقت بأذهاننا عن ماهية المبدعين و صفاتهم و كيف يأتي الابداع و .. الخ .. أما في الجزء الثاني يركز على النظريات و الدراسات التي تناولت الابداع كظاهرة عند الافراد نفسيا و بيولوجيا و اجتماعيا و صفات الشخصية المبدعة ثم الجزء الثالث الذي يؤكد على عامل البيئة و الثقا...more
Elsie Kappler
Some interesting facts and well supported, but it was very dry -- even textbook like -- and largely repetitive. Perhaps, given the subject, I was expecting something more ... um ... creative. Sawyer successfully conveyed that my expectation was predicated on a flawed romantic notion of creativity, however, so the read was far from a waste.
This was on the list from the Arts in Research Universities group and I'm really glad I bought it. Sawyer draws on the latest research on creativity and provides a great introduction to the subject. Great bibliography and more references too. A must read for anyone interested in the most important 21st century skill - creativity.
An extremely comprehensive and well researched book on creativity, which examines both individual psychological underpinnings of creativity and sociological factors. It busted quite a few myths I held about creative endeavour.
Chrissy Jensen
First part of the book was just fine. Then it got far too detailed for the purposes of the topic and it became quite redundant :(
Alex Mckay
Great book! I am not going to write a review here as I actually have to cowrite a full review for this book elsewhere.
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