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Origins of genius : Darwinian perspectives on creativity
Preface 1. Genius and Darwin 2. Cognition: What is the Creative Process? 3. Variation: How do Creators Differ from the Rest of Us? 4. Development: Is the Genius Born or Made? 5. Products: By What
Scientific creativity as constrained stochastic behavior: the integration of product, person, and process perspectives.
  • D. Simonton
  • Psychology
    Psychological bulletin
  • 1 July 2003
This behavioral analysis supports the inference that scientific creativity constitutes a form of constrained stochastic behavior, that is, it can be accurately modeled as a quasi-random combinatorial process.
Greatness: Who Makes History and Why
Preface. Prologue: The Psychologist Confronts Greatness. Birthrights and Birthmarks: Psychobiological Explanations. Acts, Affects, and Thoughts: Learning?Based and Cognitive Theories. The Creative
Creativity. Cognitive, personal, developmental, and social aspects.
Progress has been made in understanding creativity since J. P. Guilford's call to arms and more is known than ever before about how individuals achieve this special and significant form of optimal human functioning.
Creativity in Science: Chance, Logic, Genius, and Zeitgeist
Preface 1. Introduction: scientific creativity 2. Creative products 3. Combinatorial processes 4. Scientific activity 5. Creative scientists 6. Scientific discovery 7. Consolidation: creativity in
Creative productivity: A predictive and explanatory model of career trajectories and landmarks.
The author developed a model that explains and predicts both longitudinal and cross-sectional variation in the output of major and minor creative products. The model first yields a mathematical
Creativity as Blind Variation and Selective Retention: Is the Creative Process Darwinian?
Darwinism provides not only a theory of biological evolution but also supplies a more generic process applicable to many phenomena in the behavioral sciences. Among these applications is the
Scientific Genius: A Psychology of Science
List of tables and figures Acknowledgments 1. The chance-configuration theory 2. Impressionistic evidence 3. Personality and individual differences 4. Productivity 5. Developmental antecedents 6.
Age and outstanding achievement: what do we know after a century of research?
  • D. Simonton
  • Psychology
    Psychological bulletin
  • 1 September 1988
This article examines, in four sections, the substantial literature on the longitudinal connection between personal age and outstanding achievement in domains of creativity and leadership, with special focus on the typical age curve and its variations across disciplines.