Introduction: Creativity in a Social Context

  • Shelley Patnoe
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


There is a romantic myth that portrays the creative act as that of a solitary individual in a garret, a studio, or a laboratory, performing mysterious acts which bring about original and decidedly individual accomplishments. While this myth reflects some truth, the reality is that in both the arts and sciences, from the Renaissance guilds to contemporary research teams, people doing creative work have always been part of a complex network of friends, colleagues, peers, and mentors who contribute to the final form of any work.


Narrative History Creative Work Experimental Social Psychology Individual Accomplishment Fierce Competition 
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© Shelley Patnoe 1988

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