George Domino
George Domino

George Domino will speak on “The Nature and Nurture of Creativity” in a 3:30 p.m. lecture Thursday (May 26) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.

A retired psychology professor, Domino will talk about creativity from a psychological point of view. He will discuss some of the building blocks of creativity, present several ways to enhance creativity, and discuss the stages of creative work – from preparation to verification.

There will be two parts to the talk. The first concerns his childhood in Italy during the Second World War, when the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (precursor of the CIA) gave his family a large amount of money which turned out to be counterfeit. The money was intended to undermine Germany’s economy.

Domino and his entire family were caught and sent to a concentration camp – fortunately for only a month. This experience turned out to be important for Domino’s understanding of some important aspects of creativity.

The second part of the talk draws from his book titled “Picasso, Mozart, and You: Unleashing your Creative Self.”

Domino believes dreams are central to creativity because dreams are a form of visual thought and much creative endeavor consists at base of visual thought.

The speaker was born in Torino, Italy in 1938. Following his stay in a concentration camp the family immigrated to Venezuela and then to the U.S. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

He taught at Fordham University and then at the University of Arizona, from which he retired in 2001. He is author of over 150 professional publications and three books.

Written by Richard E. Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer

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Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

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