Diversifying experiences

Simone M. Ritter, Malgorzata A. Gocłowska

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In the current chapter diversifying experiences-unusual and unexpected events or situations that push people outside of the realm of normality-and their influence on creativity are discussed. Three different types of diversifying experiences are considered. Most of this chapter is dedicated to schema-violations. Different types of schema violations are discussed, varying in intensity, valence, and level of engagement. An explanation is offered for why they can influence creativity. Next, the focus shifts to mental and developmental adversity and multicultural experience and on how they may act as diversifying experience and hereby influence creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Creativity (Third Edition)
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2020


  • Counter-stereotypes
  • Developmental adversity
  • Diversifying experience
  • Mental adversity
  • Multicultural experience
  • Schema-violation
  • Unexpected
  • Unusual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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