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Bilingualism and Creativity

Throughout the history of human civilization, numerous attempts to understand human creativity have been made. Interest in human creative capacity has never ceased, and contemporary creativity researchers are still debating the nature of creativity. One of the mainstream research paradigms, the creative cognition approach, asserts that geniuses use the processes of normative human cognition. Mundane cognitive functioning goes beyond everyday human capacity and satisfies criteria of creative products: novelty and utility. Yet there is no doubt about the existence of individual differences in creativity. Some individuals produce more creative outcomes than others, and a limited few achieve extreme levels of accomplishment. Although the creative cognition approach admits these differences, they can be understood as variations in the use of specifiable processes and of the richness ...

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