The relationship of reading ability to creativity: positive, not negative associations

Ritchie, Stuart J., Luciano, Michelle, Hansell, Narelle K., Wright, Margaret J. and Bates, Timothy C. (2013) The relationship of reading ability to creativity: positive, not negative associations. Learning and Individual Differences, 26 171-176. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2013.02.009


Author Ritchie, Stuart J.
Luciano, Michelle
Hansell, Narelle K.
Wright, Margaret J.
Bates, Timothy C.
Title The relationship of reading ability to creativity: positive, not negative associations
Journal name Learning and Individual Differences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1041-6080
1873-3425
Publication date 2013-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.lindif.2013.02.009
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 26
Start page 171
End page 176
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract It has been argued that reading disability may be accompanied by compensatory enhancements in creativity. Here, we assessed reading, spelling and nonword repetition in a large, representative sample of adolescents and young adults, and examined associations with creativity, indexed by trait Openness to Experience and a creative writing task. Creativity and reading ability were significantly associated in a series of regression models controlling for IQ, age, and sex, but the effect was in the opposite direction to that predicted by compensation hypotheses: Higher reading scores were associated with higher scores on creativity measures. We discuss possible explanations for this finding, suggesting a 'facilitation' hypothesis by which reading ability might facilitate creative thinking.
Keyword Reading
Dyslexia
Learning disabilities
Creativity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Queensland Brain Institute Publications
 
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