Finding Creativity on IQ Tests

by Scott Barry Kaufman

IQ tests have received a very large number of criticisms since their inception. One of the main arguments made against the use of IQ tests is that they don’t measure creativity. But surely creativity involves thoughtful reasoning, idea generation, pattern detection, learning, and other cognitive skills measured to a certain extent by IQ tests. So perhaps throwing away IQ tests entirely would be throwing the baby away with the bathwater. IQ tests can shed some light on a person’s creative cognition if the test is properly administered, and the examiner carefully interprets the behaviors of the child during the testing session.

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