The Origins of Creativity

In E. Paul & S. Kaufman (eds.), The Philosophy of Creativity. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
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The goal of this chapter is to provide an integrated evolutionary and developmental account of the emergence of distinctively-human creative capacities. Our main thesis is that childhood pretend play is a uniquely human adaptation that functions in part to enhance adult forms of creativity. We review evidence that is consistent with such an account, and contrast our proposal favorably with a number of alternatives.
Keywords Creativity, developmental psychology  Pretense
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