Title

Individual Differences in Creative Cognition

Author

Sarah K Craig

Advisor

Jarosz, Andrew F.

Committee Member

Moss, Jarrod

Committee Member

Herd, Wendy

Date of Degree

1-1-2018

Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 3 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

Creativity is increasing in value worldwide, but the processes underlying various creative abilities remain ambiguous. The most frequently used assessments of creativity (i.e., divergent thinking tasks; creative problem-solving tasks) differ in surface features and are also rarely examined together. These inconsistencies, in addition to mixed findings in the literature, have caused considerable debate among creativity researchers concerning the particular roles of independent or dual processes that lead to success on different creativity tests. The present study expounded upon these mixed findings using a factor analytic method. The results indicated that individual differences in working memory and fluency ability impact performance on divergent thinking and creative problem-solving tasks, but to differing degrees. These results are discussed as supporting a dual-process view of creative thinking.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/18577

Comments

dual processes||divergent thinking||problem solving||creativity

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