What makes creatives stand out from the crowd?

We’re looking for interesting and creative people to take part in our current survey exploring how personality and attitudes relate to creative potential and wellbeing.

The survey is being run by our fabulous MSc student Kathleen, here at the University of Buckingham’s CREATE hub.

Intrigued? Just click here to find our more. The survey will take you about 15-20mins to complete and it’s totally anonymous.


Full survey link: https://buckingham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/personality-creative-potential-and-wellbeing-survey

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Calling All Sewists!

Do you sew garments at home for yourself or others? We’re currently running a survey looking at the reasons people sew garments, together with some other aspects of personality which may be relevant. This is a really interesting leisure activity, but it’s heavily under-researched, so the findings are going to be fascinating.

The survey should only take about 20 minutes to complete, and it’s totally anonymous. Please do consider taking part, by clicking the link here to find out more!

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Creativity and Leisure in COVID-19 – an update

We recently published our findings about creative pursuits under lockdown in a Frontiers Special Issue on ‘Creativity and Innovation in Times of Crisis (COVID-19)’. Here’s the take-away summary of what we found.

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Let’s Be Creative: What’s new in creativity research?

Philip Fine tells us about a newly published eBook looking at novel ways of researching creativity.


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Though creativity has many definitions, it essentially describes behaviours which lead to novel and meaningful products and outcomes. We can observe creativity in all domains of human behaviour, thought and experience, including creative cognition and problem-solving (divergent thinking and insight), artistic performance (music, dance) and creative design and production (art, design, fashion).

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The State of the Creative Art: What’s new in creativity research?

Philip Fine tells us about a new collection of articles looking at novel ways of researching creativity.


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What is creativity? Why are some people more creative than others? What do we know about the creative process? How do people decide whether one product is more creative than another? 

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New MSc by Research – Psychology of Creativity and Performance Expertise

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We’re proud to offer an MSc by Research in the Psychology of Creativity and Performance Expertise, here at the University of Buckingham, with entry dates in September and January each year. This MSc is ideal for those with a first degree in Psychology who wish to take their knowledge further in this exciting field. Students can be full- or part-time.

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Are cryptic crosswords really ‘better than sex’?

Kathryn Friedlander explores the ‘kick’ we get from cracking a really good cryptic crossword clue.


A number of stories in the press earlier this year reported work carried out in Vienna and London on solving puzzles in a brain scanner. The study suggested that solving a clue to a puzzle can trigger a highly rewarding ‘Aha!’ (or ‘Eureka!’) insight moment, which releases dopamine into the brain. This is the reward chemical associated with daily activities such as eating, winning money … and having sex. This led to headlines promising that cryptic crosswords were ‘better than sex’… but what’s the reality behind the hype?

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