Conceptual Models of Creativity and Potential Applied Benefits 2/25

Conceptual Models of Creativity and Potential Applied Benefits
Monday, February 25 in Judd 116

One of the worldwide leaders in creativity research is coming to Wesleyan–come hear about his captivating research experiences!

James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 45 books, including Creativity 101 (2nd Ed, 2016) and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (2nd Ed, 2019). He has published 300+ papers, including the study that spawned the “Sylvia Plath Effect” and three well-known theories of creativity, including (with Ron Beghetto) the Four-C Model of Creativity. He is a past president of Division 10 of the American Psychological Association.

Professor Kaufman will discuss a few models of creativity, such as the Four C’s and the Propulsion model, which offer broader conceptions of the construct. He will then talk about positive outcomes from creativity, a generally understudied area, and highlight some promising areas for more empirical investigation.