Is there really a thin line between madness and genius? This book provides a thorough review of the current state of knowledge on this age old idea, and presents new empirical research to put an end to this debate, but also to open up discussion about the implications of its findings.
Simon Kyaga is a Senior Consultant in Psychiatry and Researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He was part of a research team that published the largest study on the connection between creativity and mental illness, and was formerly scientific secretary of the Swedish Society of Medicine.
Preface 1. Introduction 2. The History of the Mad Genius 3. Early Empirical Studies of Genius 4. The Development of Modern Creativity Research 5. Biological Perspectives on Creativity 6. Contemporary Studies on Creativity and Psychopathology 7. Conclusion