Research on the Generality of Creative Performance Across Task Domains
As noted in chapter 1, there is a strong attraction among scientists to general, domain-transcending theories, and this attraction is equally true no matter what the topic under investigation. General theories, if true, can explain much more than domain-specific theories, and they provide a simpler and more unified understanding of a range of phenomena. Theories of creativity, theories of intelligence, and theories of the forces of nature, for example, would all be more powerful if those theories could be all-inclusive, rather than limited in their application to narrow domains. General theories also allow results of research involving tasks or materials characteristic ofone domain to be applied readily to the activities of other domains.