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Consequences of Beliefs about the Malleability of Creativity

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  • O'Connor, Alexander J.
  • Nemeth, Charlan J.
  • Akutsu, Satoshi

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Attempts to maximize creativity pervade corporate, artistic, and scientific domains. This research investigated how individual’s implicit theories about the malleability of creativity affect several creativity related constructs. Through two correlational and one experimental study we examine the relationship between implicit theories about creativity and their effect on both creative problem solving and lifetime creative achievement. In Study 1 incremental theories in creativity are associated with interest in creative thinking, self-reported creativity, and creative problem-solving. In Study 2, incremental theories are associated with lifetime creative achievements in a cross-cultural, professional sample. In Study 3, incremental primes of creativity led to increased creative problem-solving. Further, all studies establish discriminant validity and domain-specificity for implicit theories of creativity. Specifically, Studies 1 and 2 control for individual differences in implicit theories of intelligence, suggesting that implicit theories of creativity and intelligence are meaningfully distinct. Study 3 finds that incremental theories of creativity enhance creative problem-solving but not problem-solving more generally.

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  • O'Connor, Alexander J. & Nemeth, Charlan J. & Akutsu, Satoshi, 2012. "Consequences of Beliefs about the Malleability of Creativity," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt0n59w41w, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
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    1. Paulus, Paul B. & Yang, Huei-Chuan, 2000. "Idea Generation in Groups: A Basis for Creativity in Organizations," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 82(1), pages 76-87, May.
    2. Robert Wilson & J. Guilford & Paul Christensen & Donald Lewis, 1954. "A factor-analytic study of creative-thinking abilities," Psychometrika, Springer;The Psychometric Society, vol. 19(4), pages 297-311, December.
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    Business; Creativity; Implicit theories; Entity; Incremental;

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