Below is a list of current projects that vary greatly in both
their degree of progress and the proportion of research time devoted
to each. Indeed, as the list nears the end, it becomes increasingly
a "wish list" or even "bucket list." Nonetheless, it is worth
pointing out that a significant proportion of my publications
never appeared on this list at any time. These report theoretical
or empirical investigations that managed to get conceived,
executed, and submitted too fast to ever become a "work in
progress," going straight to the "works in review" list.
Ironically, these one- or two-week total immersion projects often
yield my best publications!
- Psychology as a science within Comte’s hypothesized hierarchy: An empirical and conceptual update.
- First draft all written up, but was originally intended as part of a journal special issue that has yet to materialize.
- Exploring longitudinal relations among narcissism, fame, and creativity: An archival study of eminent writers (with R. I. Damian, R. W. Robins, & K. Grimm).
- Data collected, preliminary statistics done, results already presented at professional meetings (by the first author, Damian), but not yet written up (N = 10).
- Creativity. In S. J. Lopez, L. M. Edwards, & S. C. Marques (Eds.), The handbook of positive psychology (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Revision of chapter for 2nd edition, with at least 25% new material and no more than 75% previous text; waiting for official contract to begin the changes (due end of 2014).
- The decline of the West? A comparative civilizations perspective. In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Creative intelligence in the 21st century: Grappling with enormous problems and huge opportunities.
- A review of the extensive but often overlooked scholarship on the rise and fall of civilizations (first draft due end December, 2014).
- From everyday creativity to eminent cases of creative achievement in professional domains. In T. Lubart, M. Botella, X. Caroff, C. Mouchiroud, J. Nelson & F. Zenasni (Eds.), Homo creativus: The 7 C’s of human creativity. New York: Springer.
- Consolidation of recent work on little-c, Big-C creativity research, with special emphasis on the transition from the former to the latter (due January 30, 2015).
- Cultural-historiometric analyses of creativity. In A. K.-y. Leung, L. Y-Y. Kwan, & S. Liou (Eds.), Handbook of culture and creativity: Basic processes and applied innovations. New York: Oxford University Press.
- First draft under revision after initial review (final draft due February 15, 2015).
- Creativity in psychology: Interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary contrasts. In J. C. Kaufman & J. Baer (Eds.), Creativity by disciplines. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- A review of the empirical and theoretical research on how psychological research compares with research in other disciplines as well as how psychological subdisciplines differ (due in summer, 2015).
- Domain-general creativity: On producing original, useful, and surprising ideational combinations. In J. C. Kaufman & J. Baer (Eds.), Creativity by disciplines. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Starting with a formal definition of the three essential components of any creative idea, a theoretical analysis then addresses whether the all domain-specific manifestations represent special applications of combinatorial blind variation and selective retention (due in summer, 2015).
- Big-C versus little-c creativity: Definitions, implications, and inherent educational contradictions. In R. Beghetto & B. Sriraman (Eds.), Creative contradictions in education. New York: Springer.
- An application of two-level, three-criterion, multiplicative definitions of creativity (due September 15, 2015).
- Creativity, routine thinking, knowledge acquisition, and unsighted thought trials: The eightfold analysis.
- The formal treatment all outlined in tabular form and just needs to be written up; may end up being assimilated into the preceding book chapter.
- Achieving eminence as a woman psychologist: Family experiences and career development.
- Data completely collected and statistical analyses currently in progress, but the statistics are much more complex than originally envisioned (N = 79).
- Creative geniuses as causal agents in history: James's (1882) "Great Man" theory updated.
- Outlined and chief concepts developed, but only a rough draft that needs considerable revision; once the second part of an earlier version of Simonton (2013h).
- Innovation and consolidation in Islamic civilization: Science and scholarship in the first millennium.
- One pilot study completed and submitted for publication, but currently assembling a huge database of hundreds of eminent scientists and scholars; so far, N = 1173 distributed over 50 20-year generations from A.H. 100 to 1100, lunar years (or C.E. 718-1688, solar years); better get more than one publication out of it (unlike the comparably arduous Simonton, 1988d, which compiled 10,160 creators and leaders spread over 141 generations).
- Melodic originality in Beethoven's nine symphonies: A computer content analysis.
- Preliminary analyses conducted, but more raw information needs to be added to the database regarding the characteristics of specific themes (N = 139); a highly nested design with four levels (themes, sections, movements, symphonies).
- Home, school, training, and career: Origins of eminent achievement. In S. Pfeiffer, E. Shaunessy-Dedrick, & M. Foley-Nicpon (Eds.), APA handbook of giftedness and talent. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
- Received the invitation on August 27, 2014, and due August 31, 2015.
- Military leadership: Strategic zeitgeist versus tactical genius on the battlefield.
- Far from completion: Only have the raw data and basic sample selected, but with no variables quantified (N = 104 battles, 12 generals); worse yet, the data are all collected in "old style" - 5 x 8 inch index cards!
- Disciplinary series, creativity, personality, and development: A meta-analysis.
- Have most of the required publications, but far from all (originally planned collaboration with R. I. Damian); may not happen.
- Personality, theory, and methodology in 54 eminent psychologists.
- Data collected on most of the 54, but still missing data on some of the more obscure figures; it is possible that the original project cannot be completed as envisioned (cf. Overskeid, Grønnerød, & Simonton, 2012, which deals with just one of the 54 in the sample).
- The tortoise and the hare: Enduring versus transient achievement.
- Preliminary data for the first wave, but not for the last wave.
- Individual and situational factors behind historical continuity.
- Just a vague set of conjectures.
- The psychology of civilization: The genius as the creator of history.
- A basic outline has been drafted, but it is under constant revision, especially in light of more recent empirical and theoretical work.
Complete Publication List
Honors Publications Received
Representative Journal Articles
Works in Review
Last updated: September 21, 2014