1st Edition

Psychology, Art and Creativity

By Shannon Whitten Copyright 2023
    248 Pages 45 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 45 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 45 Color & 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive text challenges the taken-for-granted opposition of science and art by combining the fundamental principles of psychology, art and creativity and presenting the interdependent disciplines together in one unique, clear, and accessible resource.

    The author, Shannon Whitten, begins with an introduction to the foundations of art and psychology, providing readers with a critical understanding and history of the key concepts in both disciplines before establishing their interdependency. Drawing on a solid evidence base, the book then presents an assortment of extensive topics, from the human perception of color to the ability of art to impact mental health. The exploration of these topics enables the reader to reflect on the phenomenal power of human creativity. The chapters include vital categories of human psychology such as emotion, perception, personality, and social psychology to show the extensive connections between these elements of experience and art. Featuring a wealth of additional resources, this illuminating text equips the reader with a sound knowledge of the vocabulary and issues in the study of empirical aesthetics through visual content and stimulating prompts for reflection.

    Emphasizing the link between creativity and good mental health, the book is an essential read for students of the psychology of art, creativity, art therapy, and empirical aesthetics, as well as any discipline within the humanities, arts and science. It will also be of relevance to anyone interested in understanding the psychology behind creativity and its therapeutic effects on the artist.

    Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: Psychology

    Chapter 2: What is Art?

    Chapter 3: Creativity

    Chapter 4: Art and Healing

    Chapter 5: Creativity and Mental Illness

    Chapter 6: Personality and Art

    Chapter 7: Perceptual Processing of Art

    Chapter 8: Cognitive Processing of Art

    Chapter 9: Emotional Processing of Art

    Chapter 10: Social Psychology and Art



    Dr. Shannon Whitten reeived her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Memphis 2003 and is now a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include psychology of creativity, literature and art. She has also undertaken several research projects including readers' ability to infer the theme of a story, comprehension and memory for song lyrics, and the role of creativity in coping with academic stress. When she has spare time she enjoys creating products using mixed media, watercolor and acrylics, and reading stories of all kinds; but she especially loves creative time with her four nieces and her nephew.