Title

Toward a More Complete Understanding of the Link between Multicultural Experience and Creativity

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-2009

Abstract

Responds to G. J. Rich's comments on the current author's original article which presented evidence supporting the idea that multicultural experience can facilitate creativity. Rich has argued that our review, although timely and important, was somewhat limited in scope, focusing mostly on smaller forms of creativity ("little c": e.g., paper-and-pencil measures of creativity) as well as on larger forms of multicultural experience ("Big M": e.g., living in a foreign country). We agree with many aspects of Rich's assessment. The issue of whether different forms of multicultural experience can affect Big C creativity is of interest to both scholars and laypeople because creative breakthroughs can literally alter the course of human progress. The response to our article, including Rich's reply, supports our view that the interest in multicultural experience and creativity is far from exhausted; future research will certainly uncover important new insights.

Keywords

creativity, culture, multicultural experiences

Discipline

Gender and Sexuality | Multicultural Psychology | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

American Psychologist

Volume

64

Issue

2

First Page

156

Last Page

158

ISSN

0003-066X

Identifier

10.1037/a0014941

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0014941

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