Dr Nicholas LeBoutillier (Middlesex University)
Cognitive and Personality Factors that Predict Performance on Creativity Tasks
This presentation reviews the literature on creative cognition and presents the findings from a series of studies presented and published by the author of the talk. The structure of the presentation consists of three parts. The first asks, what is creative cognition and how do we operationalise the processes indicative of creative talent? The second presents the speaker’s empirical research on identifying the indicators and predictors of creativity. These include empirical measures of, mental imagery, personality measures of sub-clinical psychopathology and other assessments of self. The final part assesses measures of creative cognition and puts forward the author’s recent research on new measures creative thinking. These aim to encourage creative cognition in both problem finding and problem solving conditions,
Nicholas LeBoutillier is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Middlesex University, UK. He is the Programme Leader for the BSc Psychology with Criminology at Middlesex University. His key research interests are the Psychology of Drug and Alcohol Misuse and the Psychology of Imagery, Mental Health and Creativity. He has published in international peer-reviewed psychology journals. He is an empirical researcher who recognizes the limitations of this approach in the field of creativity.