The goal of this handbook is to provide the most comprehensive, definitive, and authoritative single-volume review available in the field of creativity. The book contains twenty-two chapters covering a wide range of issues and topics in the field of creativity, all written by distinguished leaders in the field. The volume is divided into six parts. The introduction sets out the major themes and reviews the history of thinking about creativity. Subsequent parts deal with methods, origins, self and environment, special topics and conclusions. All educated readers with an interest in creative thinking will find this volume to be accessible and engrossing.
Part I. Introduction: 1. The concept of creativity: prospects and paradigms Robert J. Sternberg and Todd Lubart; 2. A history of research on creativity Robert S. Albert and Mark Runco; Part II. Methods for Studying Creativity: 3. Psychometric approaches to the study of human creativity Jonathan A. Plucker and Joseph Renzulli; 4. Experimental studies of creativity Mark Runco and Shawn Okuda Sakamoto; 5. The case study method and evolving systems approach for understanding unique creative people at work Howard E. Gruber and Doris Wallace; 6. Creativity from a historiometric perspective Dean Keith Simonton; Part III. Origins of Creativity: 7. Biological bases of creativity Colin Martindale; 8. Evolving creative minds: stories and mechanisms Charles J. Lumsden; 9. The development of creativity David Henry Feldman; Part IV. Creativity, the Self and Environment: 10. Creative cognition Thomas B. Ward, Steven M. Smith and Ronald A. Finke; 11. From case studies to robust generalizations: an approach to the study of creativity Emma Policastro and Howard Gardner; 12. Creativity and knowledge: a challenge to theories Robert W. Weisberg; 13. Creativity and intelligence Robert W. Weisberg and Linda O'Hara; 14. The influence of personality on artistic and scientific creativity Gregory J. Feist; 15. Motivation and creativity Mary Ann Collins and Teresa Amabile; 16. Implications of a systems perspective for the study of creativity Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi; Part V. Special Topics in Creativity: 17. Creativity across cultures Todd I. Lubart; 18. Computer models of creativity Margaret A. Boden; 19. Organizational creativity Wendy M. Williams and Lana T. Yang; 20. Enhancing creativity Raymond S. Nickerson; 21. Prodigies and creativity Michael J. A. Howe; Part VI. Conclusion: 22. Fifty years of creativity research Richard E. Mayer.
"His volume serves well as a handbook, containing chapters that are appropriately thorough and self-contained. Sternberg has put together and original, useful book that will be valuable in upper-division undergraduate collections and above." Choice