“The psychology of creativity: Rising from conflict and constraint”,

Joachim I. Krueger

Brown University

10378Thursday March 27th, 2014 – Sala Capitular (Segovia Campus) – 11:00am

We value creativity as a psychological capacity that is desirable in its own right and because creativity provides positive affect as well as artistic and technological innovation. Hence, we ask “What is creativity exactly?” and “How can we have more of it?” We hope to get easy answers and learn how to increase our creativity and the creativity of our students or employees with little effort. I argue today that the concept of creativity is fascinating and worth pursuing in part because it does not give up its secrets quite so easily. I review the psychological history of creativity as a struggle against conflicts and constraints. Specifically, I discuss a set of six paradoxes that mark the study and the exercise of creativity. My hope is that an understanding of these paradoxes will aid in the pursuit of greater creativity.

Joachim I. Krueger. Professor of Psychology Brown University

Joachim I. Krueger is Professor of Psychology at Brown University (Ph.D. University of Oregon, 1988). His research is focused on inductive reasoning in social context. Topics include self-perception, intergroup relations, and game theoretic applications to social behavior. He has edited a volume on The Self in Social Judgment, Psychology Press, 2005 (with M. Alicke and D. Dunning), a festschrift for Robyn Dawes (Rationality and Social Desirability, Psychology Press, 2008), a volume on Social judgment and decision making (2012), and a special issue on rationality in Social Cognition (2009). Krueger believes that most research participants behave rationally in psychological experiments. From time to time, though, he enjoys a healthy dose of incoherence within himself and others. He is the second most interesting man in the world.

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