The Sociocultural Context of Exceptional Creativity: Historiometric Studies

  • Dean Keith SimontonEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


As pointed out in an earlier chapter, historiometry is distinctively suited to studying the social and cultural aspects of creative genius. In this chapter I review some central empirical findings using this technique. The review focuses on three levels of analyses: the creative product, the creative person, and the creative society. Moreover, the treatment scrutinizes creative genius as both (a) a sociocultural cause (e.g., eminence achieved for creative contributions to a culturally-valued domain) and (b) a sociocultural effect (e.g., the consequence of role-model availability, interpersonal networks, political circumstances, cultural diversity, and prevailing ideologies). The collective results provide a rich basis for any social psychology of creativity.


Creative genius Achieved eminence Sociocultural context Social psychology 


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