Readers who are interested in learning the science behind creativity may want to check out Psychology of Art and Creativity, a self-paced online course taught by Shannon Whitten, an Associate Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Launched in May 2018, this free course invites learners from all backgrounds to "apply basic principles of psychology to the world of art and creativity." The course is designed for beginners, so no prior knowledge of psychology or art is necessary. It is organized into eight modules that introduce learners to the fundamentals of psychology, art, and creativity and explore ideas such as the intersections between art and mental illness, art as therapy, and the perceptual and cognitive aspects of art. While the course is self-paced, the suggested speed is one module per week, with approximately four hours needed to complete each module. The course also includes a list of optional recommended readings which learners whose interest is piqued may enjoy for further exploration. Psychology of Art and Creativity is taught on the Canvas platform.
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