Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Gregory J. Feist
Psychology of Science
Personality Psychology; Psychology
This study investigates whether personality is a valid predictor of creativity in science above and beyond demographic characteristics, such as career age, gender, and scientific discipline. Creativity is an act of making something new, original, and useful. Creative achievement in science is the personal ability to generate original, useful, and adaptive scientific theories, research methods, or empirical findings. Personality characteristics can operate as valid predictors of creative achievement in science. This study surveyed 145 scientists throughout the United States. Total creativity index was computed by standardizing and summing the total number of publications, total number of citations, h-index, and Soler's creativity index. As expected, openness and neuroticism were significantly positively correlated to creativity in science, while, interestingly, psychoticism was negatively correlated with creativity.
Grosul, Maya, "IN SEARCH OF THE CREATIVE SCIENTIFIC PERSONALITY" (2010). Master's Theses. Paper 3863.