• Paul Thompson
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


Recent research has shown that the individual is only one part of the creative process, and there is growing evidence that creativity occurs through a convergence of multiple factors within a dynamic system of interactions (Csikszentmihalyi in: Sternberg (Ed) The Nature of Creativity: Contemporary Psychological Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1988; Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, HarperCollins, New York, 1997; in: Sternberg (Ed) Handbook of Creativity, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999; 2004). This chapter introduces research into creativity from a range of disciplines including psychology (in several of its variants), philosophy, sociology, and literary and cultural theory. The first section reviews research that broadly relates to creativity and the individual, which includes the creative personality, cognitive psychology and creativity, and finally creativity from a sociological perspective. The subsequent section reviews studies into group creativity introducing approaches to studying groups, group behaviour and group processes. The chapter concludes by identifying a more encompassing approach to study creativity and, specifically, the creative process of commercial record production.


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