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Title: Creativity, visualization abilities, and visual cognitive style
Authors: Kozhevnikov, M. 
Kozhevnikov, M.
Yu, C.J.
Blazhenkova, O.
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Citation: Kozhevnikov, M., Kozhevnikov, M., Yu, C.J., Blazhenkova, O. (2013-06). Creativity, visualization abilities, and visual cognitive style. British Journal of Educational Psychology 83 (2) : 196-209. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: Despite the recent evidence for a multi-component nature of both visual imagery and creativity, there have been no systematic studies on how the different dimensions of creativity and imagery might interrelate. Aims: The main goal of this study was to investigate the relationship between different dimensions of creativity (artistic and scientific) and dimensions of visualization abilities and styles (object and spatial). In addition, we compared the contributions of object and spatial visualization abilities versus corresponding styles to scientific and artistic dimensions of creativity. Samples: Twenty-four undergraduate students (12 females) were recruited for the first study, and 75 additional participants (36 females) were recruited for an additional experiment. Method: Participants were administered a number of object and spatial visualization abilities and style assessments as well as a number of artistic and scientific creativity tests. Results: The results show that object visualization relates to artistic creativity and spatial visualization relates to scientific creativity, while both are distinct from verbal creativity. Furthermore, our findings demonstrate that style predicts corresponding dimension of creativity even after removing shared variance between style and visualization ability. The results suggest that styles might be a more ecologically valid construct in predicting real-life creative behaviour, such as performance in different professional domains. © 2013 The British Psychological Society.
Source Title: British Journal of Educational Psychology
ISSN: 00070998
DOI: 10.1111/bjep.12013
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