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Research Collaborator

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Professor Sawyer is one of the world's leading experts on improvisational creativity. His interdisciplinary research program spans education, sociology, psychology, and philosophy. Group Genius (2007) is his tenth book; others include Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation (2006) and Improvised Dialogues: Emergence and Creativity in Conversation (2003). He has also published more than fifty scientific articles. Dr. Sawyer has been a jazz pianist for more than thirty years and spent several years playing piano with Chicago improv theatre groups. He holds a PhD in psychology and an MA in human development (University of Chicago) and a BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

There is a curious yet enormously fruitful duality in the way that improvisation plays on our expectations and perspectives.

– Tracey Nicholls