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Viktor Dörfler and Marc Stierand

This introduction is an attempt to prepare our readers for an exceptional journey into the fascinating landscape of research methods used to study the remarkable phenomenon of creativity. Building on what is already available about research methods on creativity, we explain what we were trying to achieve, how we went about it, and why we are proud of what we have achieved – primarily through the work of our contributors to this handbook. Most of this introduction is dedicated to brief descriptions of the chapters of the book. At the end, we make some suggestions for using this edited volume. Creativity research has significantly matured in recent years, resulting in a wide variety of models and views of creativity (see Runco, 2019 for a recent comprehensive overview). Scholarly interest in creativity has gone mainstream, and dedicated creativity journals such as Journal of Creative Behavior, Creativity Research Journal, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Creativity and Innovation Management, and Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts are actively competing with more general psychology and management journals to publish the best and most interesting creativity research. In addition, the topic of creativity is becoming popular in a variety of other disciplines, such as biology and neuropsychology (Shiu, 2014).

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Edited by Viktor Dörfler and Marc Stierand

This Handbook offers an insightful journey through the landscape of research methods used to study the phenomenon of creativity. Offering a methodological panorama for the global community of creativity researchers, contributors provide markers and waypoints to better orient scholars and encourage reflection on how one might produce exceptional research on the burgeoning field of creativity.
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Viktor Dörfler and Alina Bas

In this chapter we propose expanding the scope of what is covered by scholarly research on intuition. Specifically, we suggest expanding this research into an area often labelled as unscientific. Much of what is considered scientific knowledge today used to be outside the realm of scientific, until someone achieved an understanding of a phenomenon that enabled scientific inquiry. Based on this premise, we argue that what is not scientifically understood about intuition is not unscientific, but non-scientific. We put forward a model of the process of intuiting, which demystifies a part of the phenomenon previously dismissed by scholars, enabling further research.

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Marc Stierand and Viktor Dörfler

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Viktor Dörfler and Colin Eden