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By Martin S. Lindauer

Aging, Creativity and paintings: a good viewpoint on Late-LifeDevelopment explores the strengths and possibilities of previous age as those are manifested by means of the accomplishments of getting older artists, past due inventive works, and aged arts audiences. The publication attracts on scholarship within the humanities, basically in artwork historical past; examines more often than not work and painters, either historic and modern; stories empirical learn on creativity and cognition, predominantly from psychology and gerontology; and offers the author's unique experiences, together with surveys of artwork historians, questionnaires accomplished through getting older artists and humanities audiences, and experiments related to judgments of paintings by way of laypersons. The study provided in Aging,Creativity and paintings: a favorable point of view on Late-Life Development means that creativity maintains into the later years; higher-order psychological skills concerning creativity, like mind's eye and problem-solving, persist until eventually past due in lifestyles; and the elderly's actual, sensory, psychological, and interpersonal potential should be more advantageous via engagement with the humanities. This paintings interrelates the disciplines of technological know-how, the arts, and the humanities to shape a synthesis that builds at the strengths of the equipment of quantification of technology; the emphasis at the person within the humanities; and the expressive and intuitive modes of communique within the arts. Aging, Creativity and artwork: a favorable standpoint onLate-Life Development severely examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive improvement, and gerontology, and may be of curiosity to quite a lot of pros and scholars in those fields.

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These advantages could account for high scores on creativity tests. Another worrisome feature of creativity tests is there are so many of them (75 in a recent count; Runco , 1999) and they come in many formats : multiple-choice and open-ended, verbal and perceptual, checklists of activities and personal traits, projective tests, biographical inventories, measures of divergent thinking, and domain-specific questions about poetry, music, and so on. The large number and diversity suggests that creativity is too complex for one test to capture, or more critically, each test is an attempt to overcome the deficiencies of others (Hocevar, 1981).

Names of creative old-timers come to the fore or fall to the wayside because of current fads and the vicissitudes of popular cultur e. How many elderl y newsmakers from the past are remembered now? How many will be remembered 25 years from now? Have most, whether from the past or present , been recognized? What about the unnamed 60- to SO-year old also-rans who came in second or third behind the record-holders in the Guinness compilation? A more systematic way of defining creativity among the aged uses productivi ty, Systematic productivity counts of outstanding efforts track cre ativity at different ages .

Brief and pithy, and highly literate, quotations transform vague thoughts and muted feelings into insightful capsules abou t aging. The specialized collec tion by Sampson and Sampson (1985) arranged Old Age and Old Artists 25 quotations for every year of life , from birth to 90, with about half falling into the last third of life. The compilation by Booth (1992) included quotations about old age from poets, essayists, and writers that illuminate "losses and fears , lamentations, cures and consolations, and celebrations," and the mixture of joys and sorrows that accompany aging (from the table of contents).

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