Age and Creative Productivity

  • Dean Keith SimontonEmail author
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Typically, creators exert impact through products. Inventors devise inventions, scientists publish articles in technical journals, poets write poems, composers create music, architects design buildings, and so forth. Moreover, for most high-impact creators, such productive activity is not a one-shot affair. Although some creators may produce a single notable work during their entire life span, many creative persons generate multiple contributions across the course of a very long career (Simonton 1997). This latter behavior raises big questions of how creative output changes with age (Lehman 1953; Lindauer 2003; Simonton 1988). At what age does productivity normally begin? At what age does the output rate usually attain a peak? And at what age does productivity commonly end? What factors might affect the answers to these questions? These questions have more than scientific interest, for they have potential practical...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
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  1. 1.Departamento de Organización de EmpresasUniversidad Politécnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain