By Martin S. Lindauer
Aging, Creativity and artwork: a favorable viewpoint on Late-LifeDevelopment explores the strengths and possibilities of outdated age as those are manifested by means of the accomplishments of getting older artists, overdue creative works, and aged arts audiences. The e-book attracts on scholarship within the humanities, essentially in artwork historical past; examines customarily work and painters, either old and modern; stories empirical study on creativity and cognition, predominantly from psychology and gerontology; and provides the author's unique experiences, together with surveys of paintings historians, questionnaires accomplished via getting older artists and humanities audiences, and experiments concerning judgments of artwork through laypersons. The learn provided in Aging,Creativity and artwork: a favorable point of view on Late-Life Development means that creativity keeps into the later years; higher-order psychological talents relating to creativity, like mind's eye and problem-solving, persist until eventually overdue in lifestyles; and the elderly's actual, sensory, psychological, and interpersonal expertise will be greater by way of engagement with the humanities. This paintings interrelates the disciplines of technology, the arts, and the humanities to shape a synthesis that builds at the strengths of the tools of quantification of technological know-how; the emphasis at the person within the humanities; and the expressive and intuitive modes of communique within the arts. Aging, Creativity and artwork: a favorable point of view onLate-Life Development seriously examines the psychology of creativity, cognitive improvement, and gerontology, and may be of curiosity to a variety of execs and scholars in those fields.
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Literature therefore supplements and enriches abstract conclusions based on tests and other quantitative measures, and the ordinary materials and artificial conditions of the laboratory. Gerontologists, though, have only recently become interested in literary works on aging , which Wyatt-Brown (1993) calls "Literary 26 Chapter 2 gerontology" (p. 3). Literature, she claimed, adds a welcome positive outlook to aging that balances more negative positions on old age. Achenbaum (1989) agreed, and considers literature a vital part of "humanistic gerontology" for generating "a portrait of aging in a cultural and historical perspective" (p.
This rich source of information about aging has received little systematic study, starting with a review of the different stages of life portrayed by various artists throughout history, followed by a division into those with positive and negative qualities, and concluding with parallels to contemporary conceptions of aging. The task is complex, but a model of what can be done is Kastenbaum's (1994b) analysis of nearly 500 images of Greeks, Romans, and saints in paintings over 19 centuries, along with familiar and popular legends and religious writings at those times.
Similar errors characterize other art forms that unfold over time, like theater, which also requires a great deal of information to be stored and then retrieved. Similarly, the ability to detect changes between a composer's youthful and later works depend on listeners' attention over a long span of time. In contrast, the speed with which paintings capture our attention allows for an immediate impression, and a flow of ideas, thoughts, and images that are less subject to distractions, interruptions, and losses in information.
Aging, Creativity and Art: A Positive Perspective on Late-Life Development by Martin S. Lindauer