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Neuroscience of Creativity$
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Oshin Vartanian, Adam S. Bristol, and James C. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019583

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019583.001.0001

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The Genetics of Creativity: The Generative and Receptive Sides of the Creativity Equation

The Genetics of Creativity: The Generative and Receptive Sides of the Creativity Equation

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Neuroscience of Creativity
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Baptiste Barbot

Mei Tan

Elena L. Grigorenko

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019583.003.0004

This chapter explores the current state of knowledge on the genetic etiology of creativity (e.g., the genetic bases of the individual differences in creative ability). To extend this perspective, we review the socio-cultural aspects of creativity and present how these aspects have been interpreted from an evolutionary perspective. This includes examinations of the genetic forces that shape populations and their cultures, the cultural environment that receives the creative product and determines its usefulness and value, and some possible interactive effects that may contribute both to creativity as an individual ability and to the reception and adoption of novelty as a social process. We conclude by underlining the importance of studying creativity not only as an individual, objective “ability,” but also as a cultural, time-specific, biologically-grounded phenomenon with a social purpose.

Keywords:   Genetics, Creativity, Heritability, Reception of creative products, Evolution, GxE

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