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Animal Creativity and Innovation

  • Compares theory and research on animal and human creativity
  • Defines and differentiates creativity from play
  • Reviews applied creativity in tool use and social dynamics
  • Includes examples of animal creativity in multiple species

Series: Explorations in Creativity Research

By: Allison B Kaufman(Editor), James C Kaufman(Editor)

Academic Press

Hardback | Jul 2015 | #227509 | ISBN-13: 9780128006481
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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. Animal Creativity and Innovation 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.

"The book contains some excellent material written by some very fine scientists [...] I, for one, learned a lot and profited from my reading [...] The book should be of interest to comparative psychologists, students of human innovation and creativity, and others with a general interest in these topics [...] . I recommend it to the reader who can profit from its excellent chapters."
PsycCRITIQUES, December 14, 2015, Vol. 60, No. 50, Article 1


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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