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    Research in Romania

    A series of six articles guest edited by Dr Ana Constantin Read More
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  • This is the first of a series of guest-edited papers featuring creativity research in different countries. These papers have been invited by our Guest Editors and then blind peer-reviewed by members of our Editorial Board. We are delighted to feature Romanian research in our first issue in this series. This will be followed by research from Japan and then the USA. The research papers published here have been invited by Guest Editor, Dr Ana Constantin, and feature creativity research by academics at Romania’s oldest university, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi.
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  • In this fascinating paper, the authors argue that unconscious thinking is an active process which has a key role to play in the generation of creative ideas and solutions. As they point out, for many years ‘the unconscious’ was regarded as entirely passive and the idea of an active unconscious is a relatively new one. They also offer a useful discussion on the phenomenon of ‘incubation’ in creativity and its relationship to unconscious thought.
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  • Professor Emeritus, Ana Constantin PhD, is a former Professor in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, The ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ University, Iași, Romania. Her first love has been, for years, the study and teaching of creativity, with its psychological and educational implications. Her second main area of interest is conflict resolution. She still teaches classes for undergraduate students and her main efforts are focused on encouraging former young Fellows and her doctoral students to undertake research in creativity and to publish studies in highly appreciated journals.
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  • Marian Panainte explores the relationship between emotional experience and acting. What is the actor’s emotional experience when emotionally-involved and how does this differ from his or her experience when adopting a more detached, technical approach to acting? And what are the implications of this?
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  • What is the Mozart Effect? Does it exist? If it does, does it have any effect on creativity? These are the questions these authors have sought to answer. After briefly reviewing the evidence concerning the beneficial effects of music, these authors provide a useful review of the literature regarding the controversy surrounding the Mozart Effect. The point out that most previous investigations have explored the relationship between Mozart’s music and performance on spatial-temporal tasks, so they are particularly interested in finding out whether the Mozart Effect has any bearing on creativity. One of the strengths of this paper concerns the way in which these researchers explore the range of explanations for their research results – a valuable learning experience for all would-be researchers.
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  • This paper explores the relationship between being creative, creative styles and attachment styles from a psychological perspective. Non-psychologists may find some of the terminology unfamiliar but this is explained by the authors. In particular, the authors are concerned with exploring the relationship between creativity and emotional processes, not least because of the close relationship between emotion and attachment. They cite evidence from other authors that positive emotions tend to support creativity and negative emotions inhibit creativity and this might seem logical. But then they cite other evidence that indicates the reverse – so what’s going on? As this paper reveals, the situation is far more complicated than it might appear at first glance.
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  • The authors acknowledge the multi-dimensional nature of creativity including its relevance across disciplines. They stress that the Romanian research reported in this paper is part of a wider project on the social representation of women in IT. In the study reported here they focus especially on the position of creativity in the social representation of women in IT.
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  • Both creativity and talent are defined in many different ways. This paper provides a valuable insight into how talented Romanian students are currently being identified and their talents nurtured, as perceived mainly by school counsellors. Their recommendations and those of the authors are highly relevant for anyone interested in improving educational provision for highly creative and talented students.
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Traditions and technologies

These three articles, in their different ways, challenge us to consider the relative value of old and new traditions and technologies
and what we can learn from them to help us create a better future.

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    by Diane Kessenich Read More
  • The funeral blanket

    by Louise Profeit-LeBlanc Read More
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