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Creativity and Mental Illness

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James C. Kaufman, George Becker, Dean Keith Simonton, Melanie L. Beaussart, Arielle E. White, Adam Pullaro, Judith Schlesinger, Anna Abraham, Aaron Kozbelt, Scott Barry Kaufman, Deborah J. Walder, Luz Ospina, Joseph Kim, James E. Swain, John D. Swain, Mark Papworth, Neus Barrantes-Vidal, Geir Kaufmann, Astrid Kaufmann, Dione Healey, Shelley Carson, Maja Djikic, Keith Oatley, Dennis K. Kinney, Ruth Richards, Marie J. C. Forgeard, Anne C. Mecklenburg, Justin J. Lacasse, Eranda Jayawickreme, Todd M. Thrash, Emil Moldovan, Amanda K. Fuller, John T. Dombrowski, Michael J. Lowis, Emily C. Nusbaum, Roger E. Beaty, Paul J. Silvia
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  • Date Published: July 2014
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  • isbn: 9781139989763
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  • Are creative people more likely to be mentally ill? This basic question has been debated for thousands of years, with the 'mad genius' concept advanced by such luminaries as Aristotle. There are many studies that argue the answer is 'yes', and several prominent scholars who argue strongly for a connection. There are also those who argue equally strongly that the core studies and scholarship underlying the mad genius myth are fundamentally flawed. This book re-examines the common view that a high level of individual creativity often correlates with a heightened risk of mental illness. It reverses conventional wisdom that links creativity with mental illness, arguing that the two traits are not associated. With contributions from some of the most exciting voices in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, physics, psychiatry, and management, this is a dynamic and cutting-edge volume that will inspire new ideas and studies on this fascinating topic.

    • The first collection of cutting-edge, research-based essays on creativity and mental illness
    • Features contributions from accomplished international scholars from a variety of disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, physics, psychiatry and management
    • Argues that creativity and mental illness are not associated, reversing conventional wisdom that links the two traits
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    "What a joy to see top scholars seriously engage with this controversial topic. This book dispenses with simplistic myths, and stays grounded in scientific research. The result is a much more complex understanding of the links - and non-links - between creativity and mental illness. This book is required reading."
    Keith Sawyer, Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    "A timely and necessary volume; this handbook provides an excellent compilation of ideas and empirical studies relating to the old and much debated question of creativity and mental illness."
    Simon Kyaga, Karolinska Institutet

    "This is a fascinating book on a relatively little-explored topic - the connection between madness and genius - and it is well worth looking at the findings from research studies and reading different interpretations of the results."
    Sonu Chandiram, Biz India

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    22nd Jul 2014 by Sheda

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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139989763
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface James C. Kaufman
    Part I. Creativity and Mental Illness: The State of the Field:
    1. A socio-historical overview of the creativity-pathology connection from antiquity to contemporary times George Becker
    2. The mad (creative) genius: what do we know after a century of historiometric research Dean Keith Simonton
    3. Reviewing recent empirical findings on creativity and mental illness Melanie L. Beaussart, Arielle E. White, Adam Pullaro and James C. Kaufman
    4. Building connections on sand: the cautionary chapter Judith Schlesinger
    Part II. Cognitive and Neuroscientific Perspectives on Creativity and Mental Illness:
    5. Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying creative thinking: indications from studies of mental illness Anna Abraham
    6. The evolutionary genetics of the creativity-psychosis connection Aaron Kozbelt, Scott Barry Kaufman, Deborah J. Walder, Luz Ospina and Joseph Kim
    7. Non-linearity in creativity and mental illness: the mixed blessings of chaos, catastrophe and noise in brain and behavior James E. Swain and John D. Swain
    8. Artists' vulnerability to psychopathology: an integrative cognitive perspective Mark Papworth
    Part III. Creativity and the Spectrum of Mental Illness:
    9. Creativity and the spectrum of affective and schizophrenic psychoses Neus Barrantes-Vidal
    10. When good is bad and bad is good: mood, bipolarity, and creativity Geir Kaufmann and Astrid Kaufmann
    11. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and creativity: ever the twain shall meet? Dione Healey
    Part IV. Creativity and Mental Illness: Possible Commonalities:
    12. The shared vulnerability model of creativity and psychopathology Shelley Carson
    13. On the fragility of the artist: art's precarious triad Maja Djikic and Keith Oatley
    14. Creativity as 'compensatory advantage': bipolar and schizophrenic liability, the inverted-u hypothesis, and practical implications Dennis K. Kinney and Ruth Richards
    Part V. Creativity and Mental Health:
    15. Bringing the whole universe to order: creativity, healing, and post-traumatic growth Marie J. C. Forgeard, Anne C. Mecklenburg, Justin J. Lacasse and Eranda Jayawickreme
    16. Inspiration and the creative process Todd M. Thrash, Emil Moldovan, Amanda K. Fuller and John T. Dombrowski
    17. King Solomon and psychoneuroimmunology: creativity and life coping Michael J. Lowis
    Part VI. Creativity and Mental Illness: What Now?:
    18. Ruminating about mental illness and creativity Emily C. Nusbaum, Roger E. Beaty and Paul J. Silvia
    19. Creativity and mental illness: reasons to care and beware James C. Kaufman.

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    James C. Kaufman, University of Connecticut
    James C. Kaufman is Professor of Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

    Contributors

    James C. Kaufman, George Becker, Dean Keith Simonton, Melanie L. Beaussart, Arielle E. White, Adam Pullaro, Judith Schlesinger, Anna Abraham, Aaron Kozbelt, Scott Barry Kaufman, Deborah J. Walder, Luz Ospina, Joseph Kim, James E. Swain, John D. Swain, Mark Papworth, Neus Barrantes-Vidal, Geir Kaufmann, Astrid Kaufmann, Dione Healey, Shelley Carson, Maja Djikic, Keith Oatley, Dennis K. Kinney, Ruth Richards, Marie J. C. Forgeard, Anne C. Mecklenburg, Justin J. Lacasse, Eranda Jayawickreme, Todd M. Thrash, Emil Moldovan, Amanda K. Fuller, John T. Dombrowski, Michael J. Lowis, Emily C. Nusbaum, Roger E. Beaty, Paul J. Silvia

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