Creativity as a Product of Intelligence and Personality

  • Hans J. Eysenck
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Creativity has always been a problem in the well-tended garden of cognitive ability, and though its empirical study has flourished, a recent handbook (Glover, Ronning, & Reynolds, 1989) has characterized it as “a large-scale example of a ‘degenerating’ research program” (p. xi). The reasons for such a disparaging estimate are not hard to find: Research in this area has been largely descriptive, full of anecdotal evidence, and without close links with the two disciplines of scientific psychology (Cronbach, 1957)—the experimental and the psychometric. Admittedly there have been many attempts to measure creativity along psychometric lines (Runco, 1991), but these have not been linked theoretically or experimentally with the large body of the psychological literature, and thus they have remained resolutely isolated.


Latent Inhibition Negative Priming Word Association Negative Priming Effect Formal Thought Disorder 
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  1. 1.Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of LondonLondonEngland

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