Title

Intercultural experience and creativity

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

12-2017

Abstract

Creativity, commonly defined as a production of novel and usefulideas, has long been considered as a type of individual difference that ishighly associated with personality traits and intellectual intelligence, whichcannot be changed easily. Recently, it has been demonstrated that creativitycan occur as a result of cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes thatare driven by intercultural experiences, which can be acquired. In line withthe creative cognition approach, individuals with direct interculturalexperiences exhibit higher individual creativity. Specifically, those who adoptbiculturalism as their acculturation strategy and develop a high level ofintegration between their bicultural identities can reap the creative benefitof their intercultural experiences. Individuals with indirect interculturalexperiences also exhibit higher creativity, and the underlying psychologicalmechanisms are the use of a comparison mindset and perceived cultural distancebetween the cultures. Advantageous features of intercultural experiences for enhancingindividual creativity are discussed.

Keywords

bicultural integration; biculturalism; creative cognition; creativity; intercultural experience; intercultural relationship

Discipline

International and Intercultural Communication | Sociology of Culture

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication

Editor

Kim, Y. Y. & McKay-Semmler, K.

ISBN

9781118783665

Identifier

10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0056

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

City or Country

New Jersey

Additional URL

https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0056

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS