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Playing with Ideas
The Affective Dynamics of Creative Play

Pat Power


Through an integrated investigation of emotion, play, and creativity, this interdisciplinary study analyzes the affective nature of playfulness, explores it as feeling or attitude in an adult context, and maps its relationship to the creative process. Combining phenomenological and empirical perspectives, the author builds on ideas and findings from research in neuroscience, emotion studies, psychology, anthropology, systems and evolution theory, and aesthetics and the arts. He considers the embodied mind environmentally interactive; biologically, experientially, and culturally influenced; and intrinsically dynamic and creative. Finally, he defines a model of playfulness consisting of eight qualities and makes connections between these and ideational phases of creativity.