How can one measure creativity?

I’ve been trying to figure out how one can measure creativity objectively. One of the methods I’ve found is a measuring method of psychologist J. P. Guilford.

It mainly measures an individual’s divergent thinking skills, along the following measures:

  • Fluency: how many responses
  • Flexibility: how many types of responses
  • Originality: the unusualness of the responses
  • Elaboration: the detail of the responses

As an example one asks, create as many drawings using circles:



(image sourced from Sense and Sensation)

I really like this method, because it would easily allow me to compare results. I’ll still need to look at a more methods, but this is a start!

Published on October 26, 2013

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