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Sex Differences in Creativity

Most research conducted on creativity and productivity in adult life has concentrated on men. It has been noted in the research on sex differences in creativity that men produce more creative work in research publications than women do and that cumulatively, men earn more degrees, produce more works of art, and make more contributions in professional fields. Even in areas such as literature, in which both younger boys and girls believe that women excel, adult men are more productive in their professional accomplishments. For many years, for example, more men than women have been recipients of grants from the National Endowment Fellowships in Literature.

Recently, a few researchers including Jane Piirto and Sally Reis have questioned why so few eminent women creators exist. Little research has ...

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