From: "Tel A. Version" <telaversion@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2005 22:42:01 +0000
A bit OT perhaps ... but probably not to all of you
The Department of Psychology & The Centre for Cognition, Computation
and Culture present:
'Creativity and Madness' A Workshop preceding the Creativity and
Cognition 5th International Conference.
>From ancient times to the present day, evidence has accumulated for an
association between creativity and psychopathology, especially psychosis. A
particular focus for the discussion will be a central issue in the topic:
the paradox of how devastating mental illness (including autism) can be
considered compatible with the psychological benefits of the unusual
talents naturally inherent in creative thinking. It will be argued that
this difficulty can be resolved by reference to a particular version of
contemporary dimensional views of psychotic disorder. Here 'schizotypy'
(or, more generically, 'psychoticism') is construed as a set of healthy
personality traits, of which one feature is a cognitive style conducive
to original modes of thinking. According to this model creativity is not
associated with madness per se but with unusual ways of thinking and
perceiving which, while predisposing to psychotic disorder, only result
in illness if derailed under special circumstances, even then doing so
quite rarely or intermittently.
Gordon Claridge - 'Great Wits and Madness Revisited'
Peter Chadwick - 'Creativity and Madness from the inside'
Christine Mohr - 'The Neuropsychology of healthy schizotypy'
Pam Heaton - 'Musical ability and Autism'
Chair: Professor Jane Powell
April 11th, 2005 2pm Ben Pimlott Building Lecture Theatre Goldsmiths University of London
For Information and free registration please e-mail: 4Cs@xxxxxxxxxx