Creativity impacts of arts and culture

Creativity is important in many ways: for fresh thinking, innovation, productivity, self-expression and sustaining vibrant communities. This section comprises studies which show how engagement in arts and culture can enhance people’s creativity.

The summaries in this category are:

Men tend to be perceived as creative more often than women

This research was conducted by Devon Proudfoot, Aaron C. Kay and Christy Z. Koval at Duke University, USA.
Summary
Even when producing identical outputs, men are perceived as more creative than women, and ‘outside-the-box’ creative thinking is associated with stereotypically masculine characteristics. The study provides a statistical analysis of reactions […]

By |31 July 2017|

How learning visual art improves creativity and changes the brain

This research was conducted by Alexander Schlegel and eight others at Dartmouth College, USA and Beijing Normal University, China.

Summary
This study investigated the impact of visual art training on young adults’ behaviour and changes in brain activity. A group of undergraduate students who were given introductory painting or drawing lessons […]

By |17 July 2017|

Creativity’s genetic similarity to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

This research was conducted by Robert A Power and 24 others at a variety of institutions worldwide
Summary
Based on the theory that some psychiatric disorders and creativity have shared attributes, the authors of this study investigated whether common genetic characteristics that place individuals at risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder […]

By |21 March 2016|

Artists can enhance workplace creativity

This research was conducted by Alexander Styhre and Michael Eriksson at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Summary
This paper describes what happened during the Artists In Residence scheme, a project in Sweden that matched artists with business to work together for a 10 month period. The artists involved included musicians, painters, […]

By |11 December 2014|

Nursing and the arts: a recipe for creativity in care

This research was conducted by Brenda Pavill at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA
Summary
This paper outlines the various ways in which student nurses benefit from taking an art module in their training. It describes what happened as part of The Creative Project, a component within a nursing training […]

By |11 December 2014|

Fostering creativity in young children through the arts

This research was conducted by Anna N. N. Hui, Mavis W. J. He and Shengquan Sam Ye at City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute of Education
Summary
This paper described the effects of a one-year artist-teacher collaboration in Hong Kong designed to increase the creativity of young […]

By |11 December 2014|

Youth theatre provides a space for young people to gain skills they need to succeed

This research was conducted by Jenny Hughes and Karen Wilson at the University of Manchester

Summary
This paper presents the findings of a study of youth theatre.  The paper explores some key questions around the impact of taking part in youth theatre on young people’s personal and social development. Overall they […]

By |11 December 2014|

Intensive visual arts education improves children’s creativity and self-efficacy

This research was conducted by James S. Catterall and Kylie A. Peppler at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Summary
The study looked at 179 students aged nine and 10 in Los Angeles and St Louis, USA who received ‘sustained, arts-rich instructional experiences’ led by two visual arts institutions in the cities […]

By |9 December 2013|