Creativity and Age

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Creativity and Age

At present, no large-scale empirical studies exist that allow for fully supported conclusions on the relationship between age and creativity across the entire human life cycle. A further limitation on the ability to generalize about the relationship between age and creativity is the degree to which culture can influence an individual’s creativity (Kim et al. 2011). Most explanations on the relationship between creativity and age have been based upon speculations from nonempirical studies or from studies with small sample sizes. The first major empirical study on creativity and age, Kim’s “The Creativity Crisis” (2011), was based upon almost 300,000 scores on Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) administered to American kindergarten through 12th grade students and to adults between 1966 and 2008. Though Kim’s study marks a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The College of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  2. 2.Christopher Newport UniversityNewport NewsUSA