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The Wiley Handbook of Genius


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List of Contributors ix Preface xvii Part I Perspectives 1 1 The Genius in History: Historiographic Explorations 3 Laura C. Ball 2 The Psychobiography of Genius 20 William Todd Schultz 3 Interviewing Highly Eminent Creators 33 Jeanne Nakamura and Jeff Fajans 4 Psychometric Studies of Scientific Talent and Eminence 62 Gregory J. Feist 5 Historiometric Studies of Genius 87 Dean Keith Simonton Part II Processes 107 6 The Neuroscience of Creative Genius 109 Nancy C. Andreasen and Kanchna Ramchandran 7 Artistic Genius and Creative Cognition 120 Paul Thagard 8 Case Studies of Genius: Ordinary Thinking, Extraordinary Outcomes 139 Robert W. Weisberg 9 Virtual Genius 166 David Cope Part III Attributes 183 10 Varieties of Genius 185 Robert J. Sternberg and Stacey L. Bridges 11 Cognitive Disinhibition, Creativity, and Psychopathology 198 Shelley H. Carson 12 Openness to Experience 222 Robert R. McCrae and David M. Greenberg 13 Political and Military Geniuses: Psychological Profiles and Responses to Stress 244 Peter Suedfeld Part IV Origins 267 14 Genetics of Intellectual and Personality Traits Associated with Creative Genius: Could Geniuses Be Cosmobian Dragon Kings? 269 Wendy Johnson and Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr. 15 Child Prodigies and Adult Genius: A Weak Link 297 Ellen Winner 16 Creative Genius: A View from the Expert-Performance Approach 321 K. Anders Ericsson 17 Cognitive Processes and Development of Chess Genius: An Integrative Approach 350 Guillermo Campitelli, Fernand Gobet, and Merim Bilalic 18 Diversifying Experiences in the Development of Genius and their Impact on Creative Cognition 375 Rodica Ioana Damian and Dean Keith Simonton Part V Trajectories 395 19 The Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth at Maturity: Insights into Elements of Genius 397 Harrison J. Kell and David Lubinski 20 Age and Scientific Genius 422 Benjamin F. Jones, E.J. Reedy, and Bruce A. Weinberg 21 Musical Creativity over the Lifespan 451 Aaron Kozbelt 22 Literary Geniuses: Their Life, Work, and Death 473 Alexander S. McKay and James C. Kaufman 23 Lifetime Biopsychosocial Trajectories of the Terman Gifted Children: Health, Well-Being, and Longevity 488 Katherine A. Duggan and Howard S. Friedman Part VI Contexts 509 24 Evaluating Excellence in the Arts 511 Victor Ginsburgh and Sheila Weyers 25 The Systems Model of Creativity and Its Applications 533 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 26 Openness to Scientific Innovation 546 Frank J. Sulloway 27 Prominent Modern Artists: Determinants of Creativity 564 Christiane Hellmanzik 28 Genius in World Civilization 586 Charles Murray Part VII Prospects 609 29 Does Genius Science Have a Future History? 611 Dean Keith Simonton Appendix 619 Index 629 Color plate section is between pages 170 and 171

About the Author

Dean Keith Simonton is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. His research concerns various aspects of genius, creativity, leadership, talent, and aesthetics. Simonton s numerous honors include the William James Book Award, the Sir Francis Galton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Creativity, the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts, the SPSP Theoretical Innovation Prize, the George A. Miller Outstanding Article Award, and three Mensa Awards for Excellence in Research. He has produced more than 460 publications, including more than a dozen books. His most recent books include The Social Science of Cinema (2014), Great Flicks: Scientific Studies of Cinematic Creativity and Aesthetics (2011), and Genius 101 (2009).


"A short review cannot do justice to all of these diverse contributions, which reflect the full range of approaches on Gordon Allport's idiographic to nomothetic dimension, entail varying degrees of mathematical and statistical analysis, offer differing views on the nature-nurture question, and concern themselves with innumerable varieties of genius and its components. Few readers (apart from reviewers) are likely to devour this book from cover to cover, but it is safe to say that almost everyone will find something within it to capture their attention, to agree with or to question, and above all to ponder with interest." (PsycCRITIQUES, 27 April 2015)

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