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Animal Creativity and Innovation. Explorations in Creativity Research

  • ID: 3148953
  • Book
  • July 2015
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
Animal Creativity and Innovation explores theories and research on animal innovation and creativity, comparing and contrasting it with theory and research on human creativity and innovation.  In doing so, it encompasses findings from psychology, biology, neuroscience, engineering, business, ecology, and education.  The book includes examples of animal innovation in parrots, dogs, marine mammals, insects, and primates, exploring parallels from creative play in children.  The book defines creativity, differentiating it from play, and looks at evolutionary models and neurological constructs.  The book further explores applied aspects of animal innovation and creativity including tool use and group dynamics, as well as barriers to creativity.  The final chapters look into how creative behavior may be taught or trained.  Each chapter is followed by a commentary for integration of thoughts and ideas between animal and human research, behavioral and cognitive research, and theory and observation in real life.

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Part I
Evidences of Creativity

Chapter 1
Creativity and Innovation in the Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) - Irene M. Pepperberg Commentary
Ronald A. Beghetto Chapter 2
Creativity in the Interaction: The Case of Dog--Human Play
Robert W. Mitchell Commentary
Jessica Hoffmann Chapter 3
Exploration Technique and Technical Innovations in Corvids and Parrots
Alice M. I. Auersperg Commentary
Beth A. Hennessey, John H. Stathis Chapter 4
Cetacean Innovation
Eric M. Patterson and Janet Mann Commentary
Vlad Petre Glaveanu

Part II
Requirements for Creativity

Chapter 5
Creativity, Play, and the Pace of Evolution
Gordon Burghardt Commentary
Sandra W. Russ Chapter 6
The Evolution of Innovativeness:  Exaptation or Specialized Adaptation? - Daniel Sol Commentary
Liane Gabora, Apara Ranjan Chapter 7
The Creative Cerebellum: Insight from Animal and Human Studies
Laura Petrosini, Debora Cutuli, Paola De Bartolo, Daniela Laricchiuta Commentary
Mathias Benedek Chapter 8
Animal Creativity: Cross-Species Studies of Cognition
Kendra S. Knudsen, David S. Kaufman, Stephanie A. White, Alcino J. Silva, David J. Jentsch, Robert M. Bilder Commentary
Oshin Vartanian

Part III
The Struggle for Creativity

Chapter 9
Brain Size and Innovation in Primates
Ana Navarette and Kevin Laland Commentary
Thomas B. Ward Chapter 10
Minding the Gap: A Comparative Approach to Studying the Development of Innovation
Jackie Chappell, Nicola Cutting, Emma C. Tecwyn, Ian A. Apperly, Sarah R. Beck, Susannah K. S. Thorpe Commentary
Roni Reiter-Palmon Chapter 11
Necessity, Unpredictability and Opportunity: An Exploration of Ecological and Social Drivers of Behavioral Innovation
Phyllis C. Lee and Antonio C. de A. Moura Commentary
Marie J. C. Forgeard and Eranda Jayawickreme Chapter 12
Cognitive and Noncognitive Aspects of Social Learning
Thomas R. Zentall Commentary
John Baer Chapter 13
Of Course Animals are Creative: Insights from Generativity Theory
Robert Epstein Commentary
Dean Keith Simonton

Part IV
Pushing the Boundaries of Creativity

Chapter 14
Conservatism Versus Innovation: The Great Ape Story
Josep Call Commentary
Weihua Niu Chapter 15
Tools for the Trees: Orangutan Arboreal Tool Use and Creativity
Anne E. Russon, Purwo Kuncoro, and Agnes Ferisa Commentary
David H. Cropley Chapter 16
Insects as a Model System to Understand the Evolutionary Implications of Innovation
Emilie Snell-Rood, Eli Swanson, and Sarah Jaumann Commentary
Samuel T. Hunter Chapter 17
Creating Creative Animals
Karen Pryor Commentary
James C. Kaufman Chapter 18
Animal Creativity and Innovation: An Integrated Look at the Field
William J. O'Hearn, Allison B. Kaufman, and James C. Kaufman

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