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Free Content FEATURE Issues in Creativity and Madness Part One: Ancient Questions, Modern Answers

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This brief article addresses the widespread, ancient, and cherished belief that creative individuals are far more prone to pathological disturbance than the non-creative. The original research by Kay Jamison and Nancy Andreasen, which for three decades has been considered scientific "proof of this belief, is in fact deeply flawed, with problems in sample size and selection, methodology and data analysis, and experimenter bias. The studies have never been replicated, yet they continue to be cited without question in professional journals, psychology textbooks, and the popular press as "evidence" of the creativity and madness connection.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Pace University, New York

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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