Can psychology help us become more creative? Our presenter Ginny Smith learns how we can develop our creativity with practice, and discovers that our best “Eureka” moments often come when we step away from the task at hand. She also investigates how members of the public fare with the riddles psychologists use to study creative problem solving — see how you get on at home.
Our guests, in order of appearance, are: Professor James C Kaufman, an educational psychologist at the University of Connecticut and author of several books on creativity, and Dr Gillian Hill, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Buckingham and part of the CREATE research team.
Background reading for this episode:
James C Kaufman’s paper Creativity Is More Than Silly, More Than Art, More Than Good: The Diverse Career of Arthur Cropley is free to read thanks to our sponsors, Routledge Psychology.
Research Digest has plenty of posts on creativity in the archives, including:
- Thinking About Their Multiple Identities Boosts Children’s Creativity And Problem-Solving Skills
- Here’s What The Evidence Shows About The Links Between Creativity And Depression
- The Four Ways To Promote Creativity In Children Come More Naturally To Some Mothers Than Others
- How Keeping A Dream Diary Could Boost Your Creativity
- Psychologists Have Devised A Test For Measuring One-Year-Olds’ Creativity
- Teams Are More Creative When Their Leader Is Confident In Her Or His Own Creativity
- New Study Finds Strength Of Imagination Not Associated With Creative Ability Or Achievement
And over at The Psychologist, check out Rocky Horror Pixel Show, in which Arne Dietrich explores the problems in figuring out how creativity is represented in the brain.
Episode one: Dating and Attraction
Episode two: Breaking Bad Habits
Episode three: How to Win an Argument
Episode four: The Psychology of Gift Giving
Episode five: How To Learn a New Language
Episode six: How To Be Sarcastic 😉
Episode seven: Use Psychology To Compete Like an Olympian.
Episode eight: Can We Trust Psychological Studies?
Episode nine: How To Get The Best From Your Team
Episode ten: How To Stop Procrastinating
Episode eleven: How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Episode twelve: How To Be Funnier
Episode thirteen: How to Study and Learn More Effectively
Episode fourteen: Psychological Tricks To Make Your Cooking Taste Better
Episode fifteen: Is Mindfulness A Panacea Or Overhyped And Potentially Problematic?
Bonus episode (sixteen): What’s It Like To Have No Mind’s Eye?
Episode seventeen: How To Make Running Less Painful And More Fun
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