How do intelligence and creative ability interact? Do we get more creative with more intelligence?
Dean Keith Simonton, PhD thinks “Intelligence is purely a cognitive construct. Creativity on the other hand, I see as being much more complex.”
Like other writers on creativity, he makes a distinction between “little c creativity” and “big C creativity.”
He says creativity in everyday life, solving everyday problems, or “little c creativity,” “is very closely related to intelligence because intelligence includes, as part of it, problem-solving abilities.
But, he adds, “when you are talking about ‘big C creativity,’ you’re talking about being able to generate new ideas, generate some kind of product that’s going to have some kind of impression on other people…a poem, a patent, a short story, a journal article or whatever.
“But it’s something that is a concrete, discrete product that is original and serves some kind of adaptive function.
“And that kind of creativity, that big c creativity, involves a whole bunch of other characteristics besides intelligence.”
[Photo: Stefani Germanotta was identified as gifted in adolescence. We know her now as Lady Gaga.]
Continued in my post More Intelligence, More Creative?
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“What about your very unique talents… that rare ability you have to yodel while break-dancing?”
How are labels like “talented” and “gifted” changing, and how do identity and intelligence relate to being creative?
Those are some of the questions explored by cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman in his book “Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined.”