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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. Explaining Creativity 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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May 11, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 08, 2016 Ana rated it it was amazing
More books about creativity? Yes! (Although this is my last review on them in a while, I promise). But this one is the best one... in my opinion.

Mr. Sawyer (who also wrote/edited Group Creativity: Music, Theater, Collaboration and Creativity and Development, both of which I've written about) is becoming one of my favorite people because he has a way of explaining things that I find extremely clear and which I find easy to relate to. After all, he focuses a lot on improvisation, but he also incl
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Mar 18, 2014 Manal Elbanna rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 29, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
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 :(
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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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r. R. Keith Sawyer, a professor of education at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, studies creativity, learning, and collaboration. After receiving his computer science degree from MIT in 1982, he began his career with a two-year stint designing videogames for Atari. His titles included Food Fight, Neon, and Magician. From 1984 to 1990, he was a principal at Kenan Systems Corporation ...more
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