What is Creativity? || The Human Potential Lab

April 27, 2023

Welcome to The Human Potential Lab! In this special series of The Psychology Podcast, I will be doing solo episodes answering your burning questions about the mind, brain, human behavior, and human potential.

In the second episode of this series, I will be talking about creativity and how it differs from intelligence.

Creativity can come in many different forms. It can be expressed through artistic compositions, through ingenious solutions to problems, or even through the combination of seemingly paradoxical ideas. Over the years, there’s been a large number of scientific studies which have sought to measure creativity. Not only that, but researchers have been able to identify what predicts divergent thinking and its association with certain personality traits. Other fascinating areas of investigation include the link between mental illness and creativity and the neuroscience behind the creative process. Today we will touch on all of these exciting areas. 

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  • Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking
  • “Beyonder” characteristics
  • Personality traits associated with creativity
  • Ego strength of creative individuals 
  • Creative people have messy minds
  • Neuroscience of creativity
  • The link between creativity and mental illness
  • Flow and the creative process
  • Combining originality and relevance

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