Skip to main content Accessibility help
  • Cited by 96
Cambridge University Press
Online publication date:
April 2019
Print publication year:
Online ISBN:

Book description

This second edition of the renowned Cambridge Handbook of Creativity expands on the first edition with over two thirds new material reaching across psychology, business, entrepreneurship, education, and neuroscience. It introduces creativity scholarship by summarising its history, major theories and assessments, how creativity develops across the lifespan, and suggestions for improving creativity. It also illustrates cutting-edge work on genetics and the neuroscience of creativity, alongside creativity's potential for both benevolence and malevolence. The chapters cover the related areas of imagination, genius, play, and aesthetics and tackle questions about how cultural differences, one's physical environment, mood, and self-belief can impact creativity. The book then examines the impacts on creativity of behaviour by teachers, managers, and leaders in particular.


'Three quarters of a century ago, creativity was hardly on the radar screen for social science. Today, thanks to the contributions in this handbook, any energetic reader can survey the remarkable progress that's been made on many fronts.'

Howard Earl Gardner - John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts

'Somewhat to my surprise, and very much to my fascinated delight, I have found that the second edition of The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity, has explained me to myself. This is a remarkably rich and nuanced book, which will benefit my own work. I return to my writing desk enlightened and expanded.'

Robert Olen Butler - Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor, Florida State University, USA, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1993) and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature (2013)

'Each and every chapter provides a concise contemporary summary of research by leaders in the field. The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity, second edition, is a must read for anyone doing research on the topic of cognitive abilities. It is ideal reading for an advanced undergraduate or graduate-level seminars on intelligence.'

Andrew R. A. Conway - Claremont Graduate University, California

'In light of the ever-changing landscape of interest in the study, evolution, understanding, and application of creativity and creative thinking, this volume is not only valuable as a foundational textbook, it is a wonderful and vital resource for researchers, specialists, and professional development program developers. Its approach answers the 'who, what, where, why, and how?' of it all, while delivering impressive scholarly and timely research in the field. This book is a must-have!'

Luanne E. Witkowski - Instructor for the Critical and Creative Thinking Graduate Program, University of Massachusetts

‘In short, if you are limited to a single recent book about the psychology of creativity, the present Handbook is absolutely the one to check out.’

Aaron Kozbelt Source: Academic Studies Press

Refine List

Actions for selected content:

Select all | Deselect all
  • View selected items
  • Export citations
  • Download PDF (zip)
  • Save to Kindle
  • Save to Dropbox
  • Save to Google Drive

Save Search

You can save your searches here and later view and run them again in "My saved searches".

Please provide a title, maximum of 40 characters.


Page 1 of 2

Page 1 of 2


Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Book summary page views

Total views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between #date#. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed.