James S. Catterall is Professor Emeritus at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He is currently Principal Investigator (and founder) of the Centers for Research on Creativity at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of the Arts, London UK. For the past two decades, his research has focused on measurement of children's cognitive development and motivation in the context of learning in the arts. Professor Catterall has published leading studies on learning music and its effects on visual and spatial intelligence; and learning in the visual arts and the development of creativity, originality, and self-efficacy beliefs. He was a principal author on the Critical Links and Champions of Change projects as well as the AERA and US Education Department's New Opportunities for Research in Arts Education. He is now writing a book about the roles of creativity in basic cognitive processes, working title: The Extraordinary Importance of Ordinary Creativity: A theory of creativity, cognition, and behavior. Catterall chaired the National Technical Advisory Panel for Kentucky's state assessment between 1998 and 2008; he currently serves as an appointed member of the Advisory Board for California's Public School Assessment and Accountability Act and of its Technical Design Group. Professor Catterall holds degrees in economics from Princeton University, public policy analysis from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.