Departmental Seminar Series: Teemu Toivainen
Please note that Teemu's presentation will be the first of two presentations during this one-hour session...
In psychological research, individual-level creativity in relation to educational achievement is often measured with divergent thinking tasks or self-reported measures. A recent meta-analysis estimated a correlation of r = .2 between creativity and educational achievement across diverse samples. To understand the relationship between creativity and education in more detail, additional research is needed to establish and evaluate the use of other reliable measures of creativity, especially in primary school children, whose creativity remains poorly evaluated. In this presentation, I will introduce a project that has utilised the Consensual Assessment Technique to assess creativity in children’s written stories at age 9. I will present three studies which were the first phases of the project. The data is a subset of a large, longitudinal twin sample (TEDS) which has enabled us to address questions not only in relation to later educational achievement but also investigate earlier indicators of creativity, measured at age 9.
Teemu is an ESRC-funded PhD student in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, supervised by Professor Yulia Kovas. Teemu’s PhD research is looking into individual differences in creativity, as well as on validity of various creativity measures and their inter-relationships. Additionally, Teemu has researched cognitive sex differences.
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