Distributed Creativity

Thinking Outside the Box of the Creative Individual

  • Vlad Petre Glăveanu

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Vlad Petre Glăveanu
    Pages 1-13
  3. Vlad Petre Glăveanu
    Pages 33-48
  4. Vlad Petre Glăveanu
    Pages 49-63
  5. Vlad Petre Glăveanu
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  6. Vlad Petre Glăveanu
    Pages 81-93
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 95-98

About this book


This book challenges the standard view that creativity comes only from within an individual by arguing that creativity also exists ‘outside’ of the mind or more precisely, that the human mind extends through the means of action into the world. The notion of ‘distributed creativity’ is not commonly used within the literature and yet it has the potential to revolutionise the way we think about creativity, from how we define and measure it to what we can practically do to foster and develop creativity. Drawing on cultural psychology, ecological psychology and advances in cognitive science, this book offers a basic framework for the study of distributed creativity that considers three main dimensions of creative work: sociality, materiality and temporality.

Starting from the premise that creativity is distributed between people, between people and objects and across time, the book reviews theories and empirical examples that help us unpack each of these dimensions and above all, articulate them into a novel and meaningful conception of creativity as a simultaneously psychological and socio-material process. The volume concludes by examining the practical implications in adopting this perspective on creativity.


collaborative creativity creative expression cultural psychology of creativity intrinsic creativity materiality of creative acts origins of creativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Vlad Petre Glăveanu
    • 1
  1. 1.Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05433-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05434-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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