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ERIC Number: EJ886889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Developmental Potential among Creative Scientists
Culross, Rita R.
Gifted and Talented International, v23 n1 p135-140 Aug 2008
The world of creative scientists is dramatically different in the 21st century than it was during previous centuries. Whether biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, mathematicians, or computer scientists, the livelihood of research scientists is dependent on their abilities of creative expression. The view of a solitary researcher who functions independently and is somewhat asocial is outdated when one considers scientists today are likely to work for large corporations, universities, or research organizations within teams or research groups. Creative scientists tend to be highly motivated and emotionally stable, and many continue to produce throughout a long and focused career. Many studies have focused on the personalities of such individuals, using both psychological tests and biography as research tools. However, much of this research has examined the lives of scientists working in the "solitary scientist" era. Few of these individuals fit the pattern of more modern team leaders whose social skills and savvy funding skills determine the ultimate success of their research and, moreover, the psychological development of these individuals over time has rarely been studied. This article uses Dabrowski's theory to frame research about creativity among contemporary research scientists. Creative scientists are described in terms of Dabrowski's concepts of "overexcitabilties" and "developmental potential."
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Language: English
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