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The generality-specificity of creativity: Exploring the structure of creative potential with EPoC

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It is increasingly acknowledged that creative potential involves partly a generalized ability, partly a set of domain-specific abilities, and partly a set of task-specific abilities. We extend and illustrate this view in a study of 482 children and adolescents, exploring the extent to which the scores variance of the Evaluation of Potential Creativity (EPoC)'s eight subtests can be decomposed by five variance components: thinking-process general, thinking-process specific, domain-specific, task-specific, and measurement error. A structural equation model derived from an extension of the multi-trait multi-method matrix analysis revealed that (1) the contribution of each variance component depends greatly on the task under consideration, and that (2) the contribution of a general creative thinking-process factor is overall limited. This study outlines the multidimensional and hierarchical structure of creative potential and the need to measure it with comprehensive test batteries sampling a range of creative tasks, domains and creative thinking-modes.
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hal-01392437 , version 1 (09-11-2016)

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Baptiste Barbot, Maud Besançon, Todd Lubart. The generality-specificity of creativity: Exploring the structure of creative potential with EPoC. Learning and Individual Differences, 2016, ⟨10.1016/j.lindif.2016.06.005⟩. ⟨hal-01392437⟩
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