Eva Hoff is Associate Senior Lecturer for the Department of Psychology at Lund Uni-versity in Sweden and serves as an advisor for doctoral projects. She has coauthored dozens of articles on creativity and its relationship to imagination, motivation, and self esteem. Her work has appeared in The International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Creativity Research: An Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research Handbook, and other publications. Ingegerd Carlsson is Professor for the Department of Psychology at Lund University. Her specialties include creativity and its effects on personality, development, and neuropsychology. She has written extensively on REM sleep and the role it plays on creativity and problem-solving skills, and she has coauthored more than fifty articles for such publications as Creativity: Theory and Practice from the Psychological Perspective; Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams; and Journal of Sleep Research. Samuel West is a licensed clinical psychologist and doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at Lund University. Currently, he is developing a theoretical model to study the effect of play on creative thinking in the workplace.
Peter King is Lecturer of Public Health, Policy, and Social Sciences at Swansea University in the United Kingdom. He has spoken on childhood studies and play across child-care services at national and international conferences and his research on the topic has appeared in such publications as The Excellence of Play (4th edition), Children and Society, Journal of Playwork Practice, and The Psychology of Education Review. Justine Howard is Senior Lecturer of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University and also serves as program manager for its master’s programs in developmental and therapeutic play and childhood studies. She is the coauthor or coeditor of Play and Learning in the Early Years: Research into Practice; The Essence of Play: A Practice Companion for Professionals Working with Children and Young People; Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals. She has also authored or coauthored numerous articles for such periodicals as Early Childhood Development and Care, European Early Childhood Educational Research Journal, and International Journal of Play.
Jay Mechling is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Past president of the California Folklore Society, past chair of the California Council for the Humanities, and past editor of Western Folklore, he is an award-winning author and has written widely on the boy scouts and on American popular culture. His publications include On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth and Children’s Folklore: A Source Book.
Kate Pendlebury is a recent doctoral graduate of Childhood Studies at the University of Pittsburgh specializing in in children’s literature and its relationship to cultural values and education. She is a former contributing writer for Kidsburgh, a community blog that focuses on creative learning, health, and child advocacy. She also serves as a grant writer for a non-for-profit Catholic organization.