Creativity, intelligence, and life history: A new perspective

Michael Woodley of Menie

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An integrative life history model of creativity is presented based on the idea that a combination of heritable and developmental factors regulate individual differences in life history strategy, which is in turn reflected in individual differences in the structure of cognitive abilities and creative styles. This will be discussed in the context of two theories on the nature of human intelligence, the cognitive differentiation–integration effort (CD–IE) theory and the dual process theory. Finally, a novel approach to counteracting the so-called creativity crisis, or apparent secular decline in creativity in modernised populations, will be presented, based on the idea that creativity might be enhanced greatly via the process of social emergenesis. This involves capitalising on social epistatic interactions among dyads of creative individuals working together to solve mutually interesting problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe practice of thinking
Subtitle of host publication Cultivating the extraordinary
EditorsMarta Lenartowicz, Weaver Weinbaum
Place of PublicationGhent
PublisherAcademia Press
ISBN (Print)9401469814
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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