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Dyslexia and Creativity: Investigations from Differing Perspectives
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Editors: Neil Alexander-Passe (London, UK)
Book Description:
Book Description:
‘Dyslexia and Creativity: An Academic Perspective’ is the first in a series to investigate under-researched areas of dyslexia. It has come from a need to investigate a much quoted but little researched and substantiated area of dyslexia, namely positive attributes or talents that have come out of having a learning disability. Whilst traditional understanding of creativity is solely concerned with the arts, wider investigation suggests it includes many other careers, from cooking to sport, business to politics. Thus creativity can be seen is all areas of society.
As dyslexia is traditionally perceived to be a disability affecting reading and writing, many imagine that dyslexics are unable to attain in our word-based society. However many have, and these include world leaders and celebrities, in a range of areas. Those believed to be dyslexic, include:
• Inventors (Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Michael Faraday),
• Artists (Leonardo da Vinci, David Bailey, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Auguste Rodin),
• Actors (Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Kiera Knightly, Keanu Reeves, Whoppi Goldberg),
• Sports people (Mohammed Ali, Sir Steven Redgrave, Magic Johnson, Bruce Jenner, Nolan Ryan, Sir Jackie Stewart),
• Political leaders (Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, George Washington), and
• Business people (Sir Richard Branson, Henry Ford, William Hewlett, Charles Schwab, Ted Turner)

So how can they be dyslexic and attain to such high standards? What is that they have, in addition to their difficulties that allow them to reach international success?
One explanation is that dyslexics develop compensation skills as a reaction to their difficulties; another suggests that the dyslexic brain is neurologically different, and a third sees dyslexics as part of the next stage in human evolution, with superior abilities for our modern age.
However research to date has been unable to support the claim that dyslexics are creative or have visual-spatial talents in excess of the normal population. Thus this book aims to shed light on the issue, through three types of perspectives: (1) Academic Perspectives; (2) Personal Perspectives; and (3) Alternative Perspectives.
‘Dyslexia and Creativity: An Academic Perspective’ is the collection of sixteen perspectives, from authors and artists from the US, UK, Sweden and Australia, which aim to enlighten the reader to new academic research, personal views of dyslexic artists, and an investigative interview study challenging dyslexic artists to ‘what makes the dyslexic artist unique’.
‘Dyslexia and Creativity: An Academic Perspective’ is an ideal reference book for researchers, educators, artists, and dyslexics who seek understanding of their creative abilities.

Table of Contents:
Part I. An Academic Perspective

Chapter 1 Creativity and Dyslexia: An Investigative Study of Divergent Thinking;pp. 1-24
(Neil Alexander-Passe, Graphic designer,Researcher and Author of Dyslexia and Depression:The Hidden Sorrow,London,UK)

Chapter 2 Dyslexia, Reasoning and the Importance of Visual-Spatial Processes;pp. 25-49
(Alison M. Bacon and Simon J. Handley, School of Psychology,University of Plymouth,UK)

Chapter 3 Visual Thinking for the Digital Age;pp. 51-66
(Richard Chipps, Design Theory and Innovation, De Montfort University,UK)

Chapter 4 Artistic Talents and Dyslexia: A Genuine Connection?;pp. 67-78
(Ulrika Wolff,Dept. of Education, University of Goteborg,Sweden)

Chapter 5 Dyslexic Visualizations in Practice: Strengths and Forgotten Frustrations;pp. 79-96
(Brian O'Keefe, Senior Interaction Designer,Eastman Kodak,USA)

Part II. A Personal Perspective

Chapter 5 A Dyslexic Artist and her Gallery Environment;pp. 99-102
(Michelle Molyneux, Artist, UK)

Chapter 7 Three Case Studies of Creative Dyslexics;pp. 103-137
(Neil Alexander-Passe, Graphic Designer,Researcher and Author of Dyslexia and Depression, The Hidden Sorrow,UK)

Chapter 8 How a Unique Perception of the World Enhances Creativity;pp. 139-146
(Clayton S. Colgin, Australia)

Chapter 9 Dyslexia: Its Impact on my Creative Process;pp. 147-150
(Bonnie M. Haley, Founder and Director of the National Society of Creative Dyslexics,MBA,IMSLEC,Editor Marianne McCarthy,LICSW,USA)

Chapter 10 Dyslexia, Visual Thinking and Lucid Dreaming - An Artist's Experience;pp. 151-155
(Mick Bean, Dyslexic Artist, UK)

Chapter 11 Approaching Dyslexia Sideways-Is it a Blessing or a Curse?;pp. 157-172
(Jane Graves, UK)

Chapter 12 How do Practicing Creative Visual Artists, who are Dyslexic, Approach Thinking and Learning in the Process of their work:;pp. 173-178
(Katherine Hewlett, Head of Educational Liaison and Development, University of Westminster,UK)

Part III. An Alternative Perspective

Chapter 13 The Science of Creativity: Neuroaesthetics;pp. 181-198
(Beverley Steffert, Chartered Psychologist, UK)

Chapter 14 So near the Discovery: on not Falling Back into old and Preconceived Notions;pp. 199-221
(Thomas G. West, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study,George Mason University, Fairfax,VA,USA)


      Dyslexia. An Academic Perspective (Series Editor: Neil Alexander-Passe (London, UK))
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2010
   Pages: 7 x 10, 241 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-61668-552-2
   Status: AV
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