Conceptualising and understanding artistic creativity in the dementias: interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice

Camic, Paul M., Crutch, S., Murphy, Charlie, Firth, N., Harding, E., Harrison, C., Howard, S., Strohmaier, S., van Leeuwen, J., West, J., Windle, G., Wray, S. and Zeilig, H. (2018) Conceptualising and understanding artistic creativity in the dementias: interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (1842).

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Creativity research has a substantial history in psychology and related disciplines; one component of this research tradition has specifically examined artistic creativity. Creativity theories have tended to concentrate, however, on creativity as an individual phenomenon that results in a novel production, and on cognitive aspects of creativity, often limiting its applicability to people with cognitive impairments, including those with a dementia. Despite growing indications that creativity is important for the wellbeing of people living with dementias, it is less well understood how creativity might be conceptualised, measured and recognised in this population, and how this understanding could influence research and practice.

This paper begins by exploring prevailing concepts of creativity and assesses their relevance to dementia, followed by a critique of creativity and dementia research related to the arts. Perspectives from researchers, artists, formal and informal caregivers and those with a dementia are addressed. We then introduce several novel psychological and physiological approaches to better understand artistic-related creativity in this population and conclude with a conceptualisation of artistic creativity in the dementias to help guide future research and practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dementias; the arts; creativity; co-creativity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition > BF0408 Creative ability
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML3800 Philosophical and societal aspects of music. Physics and acoustics of music. Physiological aspects of music > ML3820 Physiological aspects of music
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders > RC0521 Dementia
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
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Depositing User: Prof Paul M Camic
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 08:49
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 16:31

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