Cognitive Processes in Creativity

Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


“Creative” is a word with many uses. Sometimes it is used to describe the potential of persons to produce creative works whether or not they have produced any work as yet. Sometimes it is used to describe everyday behaviors as, for example, when a nursery school curriculum is said to encourage creative activities, such as drawing or storytelling. In this chapter, I will restrict the meaning of the term in two ways. First, I will be concerned solely with creative productivity, that is, with creativity expressed in the actual production of creative works and not with the unexpressed potential for producing such works. Second, I will be concerned only with creative acts at the highest level, that is, with the best and most valued works of artists, scientists, and scholars.


Creative Process Creative Performance Creative Work Divergent Thinking Creative Individual 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCarnegie-Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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