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Aging, Creativity and Art

A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development

Part of the book series: The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging (SSAD)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Case is Made

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Late-Life Creativity

      • Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 3-22
    3. Old Age and Old Artists

      • Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 23-41
  3. Competing Views of Late-Life Creativity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 43-43
    2. Does Creativity Decline with Age?

      • Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 59-70
    3. Late-Life Creativity

      • Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 71-86
  4. Late-Life Creativity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 87-87
    2. A Reconsideration of Lehman’s Findings

      • Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 89-102
    3. New Ideas and Approaches by Aging Artists

      • Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 135-147
  5. The Old-Age Style

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 149-149
    2. The Old-Age Style Introduced: The Issues

      • Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 151-172
    3. Describing Paintings in the Old-Age Style

      • Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 193-210
    4. Beyond the Old-Age Style, Old Art, and Aging Artists

      • Martin S. Lindauer
      Pages 211-222
  6. Art and the Elderly

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 223-223

About this book

Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development explores the strengths and opportunities of old age as these are manifested by the accomplishments of aging artists, late artistic works, and elderly arts audiences. The book draws on scholarship in the humanities, primarily in art history; examines mainly paintings and painters, both historical and contemporary; reviews empirical research on creativity and cognition, predominantly from psychology and gerontology; and presents the author's original studies, including surveys of art historians, questionnaires completed by aging artists and arts audiences, and experiments involving judgments of art by laypersons. The research presented in Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development suggests that creativity continues into the later years; higher-order mental abilities related to creativity, like imagination and problem-solving, persist until late in life; and the elderly's physical, sensory, mental, and interpersonal competencies may be enhanced by engagement with the arts. This work interrelates the disciplines of science, the humanities, and the arts to form a synthesis that builds on the strengths of the methods of quantification of science; the emphasis on the individual in the humanities; and the expressive and intuitive modes of communication in the arts. Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development critically examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive development, and gerontology, and will be of interest to a wide range of professionals and students in these fields.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"In a brave attempt, Martin Lindauer explores the relationship between aging and creativity among artists … . Readers will be impressed by the varied and rich sources of information that Lindauer used in writing this book. … his book may be one example of a unique artistic output in terms of quality and style. … Martin Lindauer has made this book a beautiful work of art." (Sing Lau, American Journal of Psychology, Spring, 2007)

Authors and Affiliations

  • College at Brockport, State University of New York, Brockport, USA

    Martin S. Lindauer

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Aging, Creativity and Art

  • Book Subtitle: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development

  • Authors: Martin S. Lindauer

  • Series Title: The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9202-4

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-306-47756-0Published: 31 August 2003

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4613-4835-1Published: 20 September 2012

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4419-9202-4Published: 06 December 2012

  • Series ISSN: 1566-709X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 312

  • Topics: Psychology, general, Clinical Psychology, Aging, Social Work

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eBook USD 84.99
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Softcover Book USD 109.99
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  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

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