Intercultural contacts and creativity: an analysis of foreign approaches



The article observes the interrelation between intercultural interaction and creativity. The topic considered is of immediate interest in foreign psychological studies and has received an extended coverage in contemporary scientific journals. In many studies it have been stated that, in general, intercultural contact stimulates creativity. Nevertheless, a single unified model describing the mechanism of such effect occurrence has not been created. Four main groups of factors influencing the relations of intercultural contact and creativity have been formulated, based on the approaches presented in the foreign literature: cognitive factors associated with new knowledge and its’ processing; factors related to self-identification and intergroup relations in a heterogeneous society; factors of acculturation; personality factors.

General Information

Keywords: intercultural contacts, creativity

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: review article


Funding. The article was prepared within the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and supported within the framework of a subsidy by the Russian Academic Excellence Project «5-100».

For citation: Bultseva M.A., Lebedeva N.M. Intercultural contacts and creativity: an analysis of foreign approaches [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2018. Vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 15–21. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2018070402. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Mariya A. Bultseva, Junior Research Fellow, Center for Socio-Cultural Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Nadezhda M. Lebedeva, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Director of the Center for Socio-Cultural Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Employee of the Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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