Cultural diversity and creativity

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

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter or section


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 publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
Place of PublicationSan Diego, CA
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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