Foreign Researches in Psychology of Creativity: Post-Guilford Era (Part I)



J. Guilford's approach is considered to be a turning point in creativity studies. It is owing to him that tests have become so widely used in this research area. It is also acknowledged that only after Guilford's 'propaganda' did the interest in divergent abilities tests arise. The aim of this paper is to outline modern researches on creativity that, in spite of the disappointment in Guilford's approach, are still carried out within the frame offered by the 'reference point' defined by him. In the first part of this paper the authors review various definitions of creativity and its research methods.

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Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

For citation: Bogoyavlenskaya D.B., Susokolova I.A. Foreign Researches in Psychology of Creativity: Post-Guilford Era (Part I). Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2007. Vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 97–107. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Diana B. Bogoyavlenskaya, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Creativity and Giftedness, Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education, Professor, Department of Psychological Anthropology, Institute of Childhood, Moscow State Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irina A. Susokolova, PhD in Psychology, Moscow, Russia



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