One-Year-Olds Think Creatively, Just Like Their Parents

E Hoicka, R Mowat, J Kirkwood, T Kerr, M Carberry, S Bijvoet-van den Berg

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Creativity is an essential human ability, allowing adaptation and survival. Twenty-three 1-year-olds and their parents were tested on divergent thinking (DT), a measure of creative potential counting how many ideas one can generate. Toddlers’ and parents’ DT was moderately to highly correlated. Toddlers showed a wide range of DT scores, which were reliable on re-testing. This is the first study to show children think divergently as early as 1 year. This research also suggests 1-year-olds’ DT is related to parents’, opening up future research into whether this relationship is due to genetics, and/or social learning at its emergence. Understanding DT at its emergence could allow for interventions while neurological development is most plastic, which could improve DT across the lifespan.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1099-1105
Number of pages7
JournalChild Development
Issue number4
Early online date7 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

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  • SoE Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education


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