The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #16/2008

General Creativity

Bharath Sriraman
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Montana


This chapter examines the notion of general creativity taking into consideration Gestalt psychology, domain specific theories versus domain general theories, and distinguishing between extra-ordinary creativity versus day-to-day creativity. Five principles for promoting creativity in the classroom are synthesized from the literature.

Keywords: “Aha!” experience; Cognition; Intelligence Testing; Gestalt psychology and creativity; Mathematical creativity

AMS Subject Classification: 97

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Preprint of chapter to appear in B. Kerr (Ed). Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent. Sage Publications.