As Carl Rogers once said, the drive to create is “man’s tendency to actualize himself, to become his potentialities.” Understanding that drive is the core
mission of Div. 10’s psychologists. They explore not only how
art reflects humanity and how we respond to art, but also the
development, motivation and cognitive basis for the creative
process itself — which has huge implications for how people
and societies progress.
It’s a field that has seen a renaissance over the past decade,
By Stacy Lu
with “a whole new generation of young people coming aboard
from fields not historically in creativity and the arts,” says Paul
Silvia, PhD, division president-elect and associate professor at
the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “You clearly
see it in the popular press — creativity and arts as tools for
practical problems. It’s an unexpected boom period.”
Div. 10 (Society for
the Psychology of
and the Arts)
Div. 10 at a Glance
Members: Around 600
Journal: Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics and the Arts
Perks: Free membership for one year for new members.
Membership includes the division’s quarterly journal, plus
discounts on five other journals. Student members are
eligible for the Barron award; junior scholars for the Berlyne
award; and all members for the Arnheim award recognizing
outstanding achievements in the field. The Farnsworth
Distinguished Service Award honors service to the division.
For more information, see www.div10.org/awards.