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Studying creativity’s effects

The Creativity Crisis is an interesting article in a recent Newsweek by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (of Nurture Shock fame), discussing how because we aren’t teaching our kids to be creative they aren’t learning how to do a lot of other skills, like problem solve and see the whole picture, both very important to science. They are worried because creativity scores have been decreasing in school students from 1990 onwards.

It reminds me of the book A Whole New Mind, by Dan Pink, which also tackles the need for creativity and art in order to accomplish good science, citing the fact that Columbia (I think?) medical students have to take art classes because research has shown that studying art teaches people how to catch details better.

There’s some interesting stuff in both worth checking out.

The article also offers some interesting creativity tests for the reader to try out, as well as a gallery of art demonstrating creative thinking or lack thereof.

Read the article, and leave your thoughts as to whether you think there’s a creativity crisis or not.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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