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Your curiosity level predicts creativity quotient

Updated: Nov 18, 2016 12:04 IST      
Your curiosity level predicts creativity quotient

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 18 (ANI): According to a recent research published in Personality and Individual Differences journal, people with strong curiosity traits are creative problem-solvers.

The findings contribute to a growing body of evidence suggesting that testing for curiosity traits may be useful for employers, especially those seeking to fill complex jobs, said Jay Hardy, the lead author of the study.

As workplaces evolve and jobs become increasingly dynamic and complex, having employees who can adapt to changing environments and learn new skills is becoming more and more valuable to organizations' success, he said.

"But if you look at job descriptions today, employers often say they are looking for curious and creative employees, but they are not selecting candidates based on those traits," said Hardy.

Addding, "This research suggests it may be useful for employers to measure curiosity, and, in particular, diversive curiosity, when hiring new employees."

Past research has shown that curiosity is a strong predictor of a person's ability to creatively solve problems in the workplace.

But questions remain about how, why and when curiosity affects the creative process.

The latest research helps to pinpoint the type of curiosity that best aids creative problem-solving.

Diversive curiosity is a trait well-suited to early stage problem-solving because it leads to gathering a large amount of information relevant to the problem.

That information can be used to generate and evaluate new ideas in later stages of creative problem-solving.

Diversive curiosity tends to be a more positive force.

On the other hand, people with strong specific curiosity traits, or the curiosity that reduces anxiety and fills gaps in understanding, tend to be more problem-focused.

Specific curiosity tends to be a negative force.

For the study, researchers asked 122 undergraduate college students, to take personality tests that measured their diversive and specific curiosity traits.

They then asked the students to complete an experimental task involving the development of a marketing plan for a retailer.

Researchers evaluated the students' early-stage and late-stage creative problem-solving processes, including the number of ideas generated.

The students' ideas were also evaluated based on their quality and originality.

The findings indicated that the participants' diversive curiosity scores related strongly to their performance scores.

Those with stronger diversive curiosity traits spent more time and developed more ideas in the early stages of the task.

Stronger specific curiosity traits did not significantly relate to the participants' idea generation and did not affect their creative performance.

"Because it has a distinct effect, diversive curiosity can add something extra in a prospective employee. Specific curiosity does matter, but the diversive piece is useful in more abstract ways," Hardy said.

Another important finding of the research is that participants' behavior in the information-seeking stage of the task was key to explaining differences in creative outcome.

For people who are not creative naturally, a lack of natural diversive curiosity may be overcome, in part, by simply spending more time asking questions and reviewing materials at the early stages of a task, he said.

"Creativity to a degree is a trainable skill. It is a skill that is developed and can be improved. The more of it you do, the better you will get at it," he said. (ANI)

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