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date: 15 December 2019

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First, this chapter defines social creativity as the production of novel behaviors that can efficiently solve problems occurring within dyads or larger groups, and gives examples of these types of creative behaviors in children. Then, it shows how this notion relates to research on social development, through a brief review of the literature, including works by Piaget, Kohlberg, Dodge, Selman, Spivack, and Shure, among others. Next, empirical findings concerning social creativity's developmental trends as well as relations between social creativity skills and individual and environmental variables are discussed. Last, the chapter proposes perspectives beside the psychological one that could bring valuable insights about how to foster social inventions in future generations, such as the notion of social capital or the gift paradigm.

Keywords: individual differences, Mauss, altruism, problem ranking, social capital, social creativity, social development

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