Individual difference predictors of creativity in Art and Science students

Adrian Furnham, Mark Batey, Tom W Booth, Vikita Patel, Dariya Lozinskaya

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Abstract

Two studies are reported that used multiple measures of creativity to investigate creativity differences and correlates in arts and science students. The first study examined Divergent Thinking fluency, Self-Rated Creativity and Creative Achievement in matched groups of Art and Science students. Arts students scored higher than Science students on two of the three measures. Regression analysis indicated that the educational domain demographic variable was the most consistent predictor of all three measures of creativity. The second study compared natural science, social science and arts students on two performance and two preference measures of creativity, whilst controlling for the effects of general intelligence. Results indicated only Self-Rated Creativity displayed significant group differences, with the regression analysis suggesting a stronger role of personality variables. The differences between the groups and implications for the measurement of creativity are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-121
JournalThinking Skills and Creativity
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Divergent thinking
  • Intelligence
  • Personality

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