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Relationship of Creativity to Intelligence

The traditional approach to creativity can be characterized as the four-Ps approach, namely studying the person, the process, the product, and the productive conditions (or environmental press). In addition, there are a number of confluence theories of creativity, such as the investment theory of Robert Sternberg and Todd Lubart, as well as the systems theory of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In these theories the general intelligence (g) of a person is a necessary component but not sufficient for Creativity (C) to manifest. In other words, a person with a high IQ would not necessarily have to be creative in work. Here Creativity (“Big C”) is domain specific, and a creative product is one that causes a significant shift within a specialized domain of knowledge.

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