Faculty Profile: Mark Runco

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Mark Runco

The Hawaii address is an old one; please use the CA address or, better yet, email. Aloha."

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

May 2005, INNOVATION PROGRAM, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Adminstration, Bergen, Norway. May 2005, Keynote address, "Learning, Creativity, and Innovation" hosted by The Department of Education and the Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies of the National Chengchi University, TAIWAN

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

PhD, Psychology, Claremont Graduate School, January 1984

Current Projects and Professional Activities

 Empirical and theoretical research on creativity. My work (e.g., Editor of the Creativity Research Journal, and co-editor, with Steve Priztker, of the Encyclopedia of Creativity) requires that I consider all perspectives on the topic. My own empiricial research is cognitive and developmental.

Significant Publications

Runco, M. A. (in press). Creativity. Annual Review of Psychology.


Runco, M. A. (in press). Creativity: Theories, themes, and issues. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.


Runco, M. A. (1994). Problem finding, problem solving, and creativity. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.









Important Conference Presentations

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in supporting the theory of "personal creativity," which acknowledges the potential for creative work and everyday creativity (and is contrary to product- or eminent-views). I am also continuing my studies of divergent thinking.

Research Expertise

Creativity (from the academic and scholarly perspectives)

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students


Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling