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Interesting Research On Creativity

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The 7 Biggest Creativity Killers was recently published in Fast Company. I didn’t really find most of the article useful. However, the first few paragraphs were eye-opening. Here are two of them, and you can read the rest at the link:

…while IQ levels have been rising owing to enriched environments (the Flynn effect), creativity scores have actually been falling over time. After analyzing up to 300,000 Torrance scores from children and adults (the gold standard in creativity measurement), it has been discovered that although creativity scores rose along with IQ scores until 1990, creativity scores have since dropped significantly.

This decline is also evident across an individual’s lifespan. Research into the decline of creativity has led to some startling conclusions. In a sample of 1500 children aged 3–5, 98 percent ranked as “geniuses” in divergent thinking; in children aged 8–10 the figure fell to just 32 percent; and by age 13–15 it had declined further to a mere 10 percent. In other words, children become less creative as they grow older. Moreover, in a control test of 2000 adults (aged 25+), only 2 percent ranked as geniuses.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. We have just completed an original research project on creativity.
    Using information processing as a lens it explains how you can
    independently control volume, quality and direction of creativity.
    Given your position, I thought you might find it of value.

    A brief YouTube video explaining the technology is available directly
    on YouTube at

    A written version of the research blog is available on Google Blogger

    I hope you find the material of value.

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