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Nothing sparks creativity like the cross-pollination of ideas, says Roni Reiter-Palmon, PhD, a creativity researcher at The University of Nebraska, Omaha. That's why, as incoming editor of The Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (PACA), Reiter-Palmon and her co-editor Pablo Tinio, PhD, will continue publishing articles from across the field of psychology.

"PACA has articles from music perception to team creativity to arts therapy," says Reiter-Palmon. "Since I started getting PACA, I read more studies that may not be directly related to the work I'm doing ... but they make my own work richer and better."

The journal includes articles that appeal to a broad array of researchers outside of psychology as well, says Tinio, a psychology professor at Queens College of the City University of New York who studies what people get out of visiting art museums and the aesthetic experience of art in general. For instance, a study on art therapy might give an education researcher new ideas for engaging children in the classroom, or a study on spurring creativity in the lab could provide great fodder for business school professors who study innovation in private industry, Reiter-Palmon adds.

"If organizations don't come up with creative products and innovations ... then they don't survive," she says. "Our jobs are dependent on doing things faster, better and in more creative ways."

Tinio has also noticed a spike of interest in creativity, art and aesthetics research outside of the scientific community.

"In the last five years or so, I have had many conversations with art historians, museum curators and artists, and they are really interested in what scientists have to say about the experience of art," he says.

By sharing the journal with their colleagues, including fellow scientists as well as CEOs and artists, PACA's editors hope to spark collaborations and new creative partnerships. "I'd be really excited to see a study with a scientist and an artist as co-authors," Tinio says.


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