Creativity is usually defined as the capacity to generate ideas that are jointly original and adaptive. Original ideas are those that have a low statistical likelihood of occurring in the population, whereas adaptive ideas are those that satisfy certain scientific, aesthetic, or practical criteria. An idea that is original but maladaptive is more likely to be considered a sign of mental disturbance than creativity, while an idea that is adaptive but unoriginal will be dismissed as mundane or perfunctory rather than creative. Although almost universal consensus exists on this abstract definition of the phenomenon, much less agreement is apparent regarding how best to translate this definition into concrete instruments or tests.


Psychologists wishing to assess individual differences in creativity have a tremendous range of instruments to ...

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