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About APA Division 10

The Society for Psychology and the Arts (Division 10 of the American Psychological Association) is committed to interdisciplinary scholarship, both theoretical and empirical, encompassing the visual, literary, and performing arts. Broadly conceived, we study three interrelated topics: creativity (including developmental, motivational, affective, and cognitive processes), the arts (including aesthetic content, form, and function) and audience response to the arts (including preferences and judgments). Other foci include the use of the arts as diagnostic and therapeutic tools, and creativity in the sciences. To this end, we apply personality, clinical, cognitive, perceptual, physiological, and cultural psychologies to diverse artists, styles, and epochs.

Many members in APA also have a special interest in creativity in all fields, ranging from art to music to literature to science and even creativity in everyday life. We deal with questions such as how creators form ideas for artistic or musical compositions, how audiences respond to dance or to drama, and how performers express their creativity through instrumental or vocal music.

Our division is a small one, which creates special opportunities for members to make a difference to the division. Many members are actively involved in the division, either on committees or through presentations at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. All members are encouraged to attend our annual business meeting at the APA convention.

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