Rachel L. Heinen, Tin L. Nguyen, Samuel T. Hunter

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Research on the relationship between knowledge and creativity has been divided, with conflicting findings on whether knowledge is beneficial to creative thought. Overall, knowledge itself does not inhibit creativity. Rather, it is a combination of knowledge content and its use that restricts creative ideation. Specifically, both limited knowledge and an overreliance on familiar or domain-specific knowledge can limit one’s ability to combine unique information to form creative ideas. This entry discusses how this relationship varies based on the types of knowledge and creativity, the operationalization and measurement of creativity, and how knowledge is used by individuals as well as teams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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