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Psychology educator , author

Colin Eugene Martindale, American Psychology educator, author ( hlth: hlth. service, Educated)psychology educator, author. awards program American Insts. Fellow American Psychological Association; member Association for Computers and the Humanities, Association for Literature and LinguisticComputers, International Association Empirical Aesthetics, Phi Beta Kappa.


Martindale, Colin Eugene was born on March 21, 1943 in Fort Morgan, Colorado, United States. Son of Roy Woodrow and Martha Martindale.


Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, U. Colorado, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy., Harvard University, 1970.


He wrote and did research analyzing artistic processes. His most popular work was The Clockwork Muse (1990), in which he argued that all artistic development over time in written, visual and musical works was the result of a search for novelty.


  • Martingdale was awarded the 1984 American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Behavioral Science Research.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Psychological Approaches to the Study of Literary Narrators, 1988. Co-editor: Emotion, Creativity and Art, 1997, New Directions in Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 2005.


Author: Romantic Progression: The Psychology of Literary History, 1975, Cognition and Consciousness, 1981, The Clockwork Muse: The Predictability of Artistic Change, 1990, Cognitive Psychology: A Neural-Network Approach, 1991. Editor science journals, since 1982. Fellow American Psychological Association.

Member International Association Empirical Aesthetics, Association for Literature and Linguistic Computers, Association for Study of Language in Prehistory, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Anne Elizabeth Keeley, June 19, 1986.

Roy Woodrow

Martha Martindale

Anne Elizabeth Keeley