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Genius and the Mind: Studies of Creativity and Temperament

Andrew Steptoe


Taking as examples the lives of creative individuals through history, this book considers the nature of creativity and genius from a psychological standpoint. Eleven chapters, contributed by leading researchers, span the range of approaches used to understand the subject. A discussion of heredity considers the extent to which genes play a part in giftedness. The importance of social context in defining and acknowledging creativity is explored. Several chapters look at training and skill development in exceptional individuals, and a number of contributions scrutinize the links between creativit ... More

Keywords: creative individuals, genius, psychological standpoint, genes and giftedness, social context, training, skill development, creativity and temperament, mental health, Mozart, Byron, Renaissance painters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198523734
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Steptoe, editor
St George's Hospital, London

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