Assessing Creativity with the Consensual Assessment Technique

  • John BaerEmail author
  • James C. Kaufman
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


The Consensual Assessment Technique (CAT) is a way of judging the creativity of a group of artifacts in a domain, such as a group of poems, stories, or works of art (the three domains in which the CAT has been used most widely, although the CAT can be used in any domain). The CAT follows the method most often used in judging creativity in the “real world” in that it is based on the combined assessments of experts in the domain. Although the word “consensual” points to the social aspect of CAT assessments, which rely on the combined judgments of groups of human experts, the CAT’s focus is on creative products; these assessments can then also be used to make inferences about thought processes, environments, and personality traits that lead to creativity. Unlike many creativity assessments, the CAT is not tied to a specific theory of creativity, making it especially useful in empirical studies comparing different theoretical predictions. The CAT is also well suited for making decisions about the creativity of applicants for educational programs and for judging the creativity of submissions to competitions of all kinds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rider UniversityLawrencevilleUSA
  2. 2.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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