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).

To learn more about creativity, researchers study:

  • Why people differ in how creative they are – the ‘individual differences’ angle;
  • What people do when they are being creative – the creative process;
  • What is being created – the creative product;
  • The influence of the environment and other external factors on creativity.

Creativity research has a long history , and many disciplines investigate creativity, including psychology, performance science, neuroscience and education. However, much of this research is done in isolation from other disciplines, and there is a need for cross-fertilisation of ideas and methods. Additionally, research techniques advance continually, so we can ask: what’s new in creativity research? What new research methods and approaches have researchers developed recently? And how much interdisciplinary creativity research is actually taking place?

To answer these questions, Dr Philip Fine and Dr Kathryn Friedlander of our very own CREATE hub, together with Dr Amory Danek, Dr Ian Hocking and Professor Bill Thompson, have recently completed co-editing a special issue of the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology, entitled: Novel Approaches for Studying Creativity in Problem-Solving and Artistic Performance. It contains 27 articles showcasing the ‘state of the art’ in creativity research, and our recently published over-arching Editorial.

We are delighted that the special issue has now been published as an eBook, which can be downloaded for you to read offline at your leisure. The eBook is organised into 4 chapters, collecting articles researching similar domains of creativity together:

  • Insight
  • Other aspects of creative cognition, such as divergent thinking and other problem-solving
  • Creative artistic performance – music, dance and poetry
  • Creative artistic production – art, design and fashion

For more information, please have a look at our conference poster presented at the ESCoP conference last September, and do go and read our Editorial, which will give you a flavour of the special issue.


Dr. Philip Fine is Senior Lecturer in Psychology and co-director of the CREATE Research Hub at the University of Buckingham.

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Solving the Puzzle of Expertise Research

Kathryn Friedlander takes a look at an alternative way of studying expertise, the Grounded Expertise Components Approach, suggesting that this might address some pitfalls of previous research.


We’ve all seen the long-running arguments over ‘expertise’ … Are the world’s greatest performers endowed at birth with a lucky genetic advantage? Or are they trained to excel through 10,000 hours of gruelling practice? Or perhaps a blend of both?

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What makes you tick? Your Time Personality!

Dr. Philip Fine (University of Buckingham) invites participants to complete a short on-line survey looking at ‘Time Personality’. Can you help?


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What makes you tick?

Are you always on time? Or usually running late? Do you know how long you’ve been sitting through your favourite TV show? What about how much time it will take you to do that task you’ve been putting off?

Dr. David Ellis (University of Lancaster) and I are collaborating in a research programme aiming to explore these type of questions. We’re currently surveying people to find out what makes them ‘tick’.

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PhD opportunity: Creativity in Medical School Education

Want to come and research with us? Check out our latest opportunity: Creativity in Medical School Education: Enhancing the Diagnostic Skills of Tomorrow’s Doctors on FindAPhD!


We’ve just advertised for applicants to undertake a full-time research PhD at the University of Buckingham CREATE hub. This is a really exciting opportunity to work with our Medical School to look at the role of creativity in medical diagnosis. Continue reading

Creativity ‘special issue’ – call for participation!

Novel Approaches for Studying Creativity in Problem-Solving and Artistic Performance – a Frontiers in Psychology Research Topic, coming out in March 2018

Kathryn Friedlander invites creativity researchers world-wide to contribute to an exciting Frontiers in Psychology Research Topic, which went live last week.


Shouldn’t research into ‘creativity’ be pretty creative itself?

Philip Fine and I certainly think so, which is why we’ve been working with Frontiers in Psychology over the past few months to launch a new Research Topic looking at Novel Approaches for Studying Creativity in Problem-Solving and Artistic Performance. The topic went live last week, and together with our other co-editors Roger Kneebone, Ian Hocking, Amory Danek and Bill Thompson we are busy advertising this opportunity as widely as possible, to connect with potential contributors. Do you fit the bill?

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