Cultural Diversity

Małgorzata A. Gocłowska, Simone M. Ritter, Paul H. P. Hanel

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Cultural diversity refers to the extent of cultural differences that exist between people. The first part of our chapter discusses the influence that diversity has on creative processes. Historiometric, cross-sectional and experimental work supports the idea that, under the right circumstances, individual experiences of diversity can increase creative potential. Studies on group and team creativity paint a more complex picture, suggesting that group diversity can sometimes help and sometimes hinder creative performance. We also discuss the issue of cross-cultural differences in creativity and suggest that further work is needed to better understand what aspects of creativity are shared, and what aspects of creativity are different across cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Creativity (3rd ed.)
EditorsSteven Pritzker, Mark Runco
Place of PublicationMassachusetts, U. S. A.
PublisherElsevier Academic Press Inc
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128156155
ISBN (Print)9780128156148
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2020


  • Big “C” Creativity
  • Big “M” Multiculturalism
  • Cultural diversity
  • Culture
  • Diversity–creativity link
  • Little “c” creativity
  • Little “m” multiculturalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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