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"For decades, investigators have explored the connection between emotional experience and creativity. How do our emotions inform the creative process? How do they help us to appreciate others’ creativity? In the first and only handbook of its kind, Ivcevic, Hoffman, and Kaufman have collected together well-rendered essays addressing these and other questions from fields as diverse as affective neuroscience, child development, and personality psychology. An excellent resource!"

Peter Salovey - Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology and President of Yale University

"This handbook brings together the leading scholars worldwide on the study of the relationship between creativity and emotions. It is written in a way that researchers not only in psychology, but in other fields studying creativity, can understand. It brilliantly covers the gamut of topics in this field, and masterfully presents information about creativity and emotion that will make it an indispensable guide to anyone who wants to understand why they, or others, can feel so very creative one day and yet barren of creative ideas the next."

Robert J. Sternberg - Professor, Cornell University, USA and University of Heidelberg, Germany

"A creative process is an emotional roller-coaster. The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity and Emotions will take you on a long ride through the scientific study of creative persons in several contexts, including school and work, while contemplating their related affective, emotional and motivational states and abilities. Enjoy the ride!"

Giovanni Emanuele Corazza - University of Bologna, Italy

"Emotions offer an essential key to unlock the mysteries of creativity. This handbook provides an up-to-date view, examining person-centered, process-centered, developmental, and methodological issues in a wide range of contexts. For a 360-degree vantage point on the emotion-creativity connection, this Handbook is a must see."

Todd Lubart - Professor of Psychology, Université Paris Cité, France and President of the International Society for the Study of Creativity and Innovation


Sample chapters

Emotions Ignite and Fuel Creativity

Creativity, Emotions, and the Arts Courses: An Art Center at the Center


Creativity, Emotion, and the Arts: Research, Application, and Impact



Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Zorana studies, writes, and speaks about the creative process from having an idea to making it happen, from the first decision to engage in the creative process to its culmination in creative performance and products.

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