The Dynamics of Creative Thinking Development in the Ontogenesis



The developmental dynamics of the creative (or productive) thinking were studied. The overall level of development of creative thinking was evaluated based on the task's solution type found by the participant. Participants — children from early childhood age through adolescence (more than 200 people) and 50 adults were administered a sequence of tasks «for consideration», ordered by level of complexity of their solutions. The results indicate that starting from the preschool age there is an overall increase in creative productivity, which has a curve with saturation. The levels of creative thinking development were shown in the study and the corresponding types of tasks were identified.

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Keywords: creativity, development of creative or productive thinking, tasks «for consideration», psychodiagnostics

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Berseneva N.V. The Dynamics of Creative Thinking Development in the Ontogenesis. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2010. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 60–66. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Natalya V. Berseneva, Ph.D. Student, Department of Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, M.V. Lomonosov MoscowState University, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow University of the State Management, Moscow Finance Academy of Law, Faculty of Philology, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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