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In addition to all of its voicing flexibility, DT25 features two entirely independent channels. In order to obtain a heterogeneous and not solely academic sample, we recruited participants via a local newspaper as well as the university's mailing lists. Ability differences among people who have commensurate degrees matter for scientific creativity. Mehrmodale Klassifikation von Intelligenzleistungen:
The basic idea behind the threshold hypothesis is that high creativity requires high or at least above-average intelligence. At this, above-average intelligence is thought to form a necessary but not a sufficient condition for high creativity Guilford, More specifically, it is assumed that there exists a threshold in intelligence which is usually set to an IQ of While creativity should be limited by intelligence below this threshold, differences in intelligence should be no longer relevant to creativity above it.
Accordingly, the threshold hypothesis predicts a correlation between measures of creativity and IQ only in low to average IQ samples, whereas there should be no correlation in groups of higher IQ. Sligh, Conners, and Roskos-Ewoldsen reported a slight threshold effect for crystallized intelligence while an inverse threshold effect was found for fluid intelligence.
After controlling for speed of information processing, the correlations of intelligence and ideational fluency were markedly reduced, but still no group differences were found. Thus, the results did not support the threshold hypothesis. Correlations between the two constructs were markedly lower when the type of creativity test was taken into account as a moderator: Like in an early study of Wallach and Kogan , non-speeded tests were practically uncorrelated with intelligence.
Turning from creative potential to creative achievement, no evidence for an intelligence-threshold was found in recent investigations: Thus, individual differences in intelligence are highly relevant to real-life achievement not only the in general population e. Recently, Karwowski and Gralewski tested the threshold hypothesis in light of different methodological considerations. The authors proposed three possible criteria in order to accept or reject the threshold hypothesis by means of the correlational approach: The most liberal criterion would be a significant positive correlation below the threshold and an insignificant correlation above it.
As a more conservative criterion, there should be a significant positive correlation below the threshold that is significantly higher than the correlation above the threshold. The most conservative test would be to claim a significant positive correlation below, an insignificant correlation above the threshold, and a significant difference between both of them.
The authors investigated the threshold hypothesis at different levels of intelligence Taken together, investigations of the relationship between intelligence and creative potential provide a scattered view: While some studies support a threshold effect, others report low to moderate positive correlations throughout the whole spectrum of intellectual ability. One possible reason for the seemingly contradictory empirical findings could be the different conceptions and measures of creative potential employed by these studies.
While some used ideational fluency as a single quantitative indicator of creative potential, other studies also included qualitative measures including ideational originality. In fact, it seems that none of the sources that are usually quoted when the threshold hypothesis is concerned e.
It hence appears that, even in absence of any empirical evidence for an IQ-threshold at , this very specific assumption of the threshold hypothesis has hardly ever been questioned or examined thoroughly. This study aims at the identification of a possible threshold in the intelligence—creativity-relationship by means of continuous data analysis methods. We applied segmented linear regression analysis which allows for an empirical test of whether and where there is a significant shift in a correlation pattern.
Segmented regression analysis is common in the field of epidemiology, where dose—response-relationships are evaluated in terms of threshold models. Here, X reflects different time points before and after an intervention and Y represents the potential outcome. We investigated three common indicators of creative potential: Ideational fluency, ideational originality as measured by a constant number of ideas Benedek et al.
Additionally, we tested whether the threshold hypothesis also applies to creative achievement. It was predicted that the threshold hypothesis does not hold true for creative achievement Park et al. If a significant breakpoint is detected and intelligence does not predict creative potential beyond it, it would be of particular interest to further examine which other constructs can explain variance in creative potential above the threshold.
Therefore, we also tested whether correlations of creativity and personality variables are affected by potential intelligence-thresholds. In order to obtain a heterogeneous and not solely academic sample, we recruited participants via a local newspaper as well as the university's mailing lists. After excluding one person due to excessive missing data, the sample consisted of respondents males with an average age of Participants were paid for taking part in the study.
The four computer based tests were selected to reflect a broad representation of g including figural-inductive reasoning figural induktives Denken; FID , verbal short-term memory verbales Kurzzeitgedächtnis; VEK , arithmetic flexibility arithmetische Flexibilität; NF , and word meaning Wortbedeutung; WB.
The task is to find the correct sequel out of eight response alternatives. In the NF test, participants are to solve equations with missing arithmetic operators.
In the VEK test, participants have to remember a bus route. The route is graphically displayed and the name of each bus station is visible for a short period of time. In the WB test, participants have to decide which of four alternatives closest matches the meaning of a target word. The INSBAT is theoretically grounded on the Cattell—Horn—Carroll model of intelligence for an overview see McGrew, involving a g -factor as well as five secondary factors, including fluid g f and crystallized g c intelligence for details see Arendasy et al.
The estimate of g used in this study is based on the factor loadings of the INSBAT subtests, which means that g is most strongly predicted by g f. The reported intelligence scores reflect standardized IQ scores. Creative potential was measured by means of three alternate uses AU tasks and three instances IN tasks. In the alternate uses tasks, participants were required to find as many novel and uncommon uses as possible for a can , a knife , and a hairdryer. Each task lasted for two minutes.
After completion of each task participants were asked to rank their responses with respect to creativity.
We computed three common scores of creative potential. Ideational fluency was defined as the number of ideas given in the task. For the assessment of ideational originality we used two different scores which avoid the typical confound with ideational fluency.
First, we computed a Top 2 originality score, which reflects the creativity ratings of the two most original responses according to the participant's ranking cf. Second, we also computed an average originality score, which reflects the mean creativity ratings of all ideas. The ICAA measures everyday creative activities as well as actual creative achievements with two different scales. Each of the 30 facets is assessed with ten items.
The test was administered without time restriction. The experiment took place in a computer laboratory where groups of up to 10 participants performed all tests on a standard desktop computer. Two experimenters explained the procedure and were present during the whole session.
Since this study was part of a larger screening for further investigations, participants also completed motivation scales and a speed of information processing task.
The order of tasks was the same for all participants. The total test session took about 2. The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Graz. We computed creative potential CP scores by averaging over the scores of the six divergent thinking tasks. The internal consistency would have been lowered by the exclusion of any single task. All measures of intelligence and creative potential were normally distributed Kolmogorov—Smirnov-tests: The data were checked for outliers in the multivariate distribution of the IQ score with each of the creative potential and achievement measures by means of Mahalanobis distance as well as Cook's distance.
For the creative achievement score, four persons were excluded due to an excess of Mahalanobis distance. Descriptive statistics and intercorrelations of intelligence, creativity, and personality measures. Big five personality measures reflect person parameters according to the IRT model. Prior to applying the segmented regression analyses, the relationships between intelligence and the measures of creative potential as well as creative achievement were tested for nonlinearity.
To this end, we set up hierarchical multiple regression models to examine whether a squared intelligence variable can explain incremental variance in creative potential or achievement over and above the linear term cf. Collinearity of the predictors was avoided by means of residual centering Lance, The squared predictor term was found to explain a significant incremental amount of variance for fluency and Top 2 originality, respectively CP Fluency: In all cases, beta weights were negative indicating a decrease in slope as predictor scores increase.
Thus, this relationship is likely to be linear. The segmented regression analyses were performed with the open statistic software R version 2.
IQ served as the independent variable, and each of the measures of creative potential and achievement served as the dependent variable. The algorithm has to be supplied with one or more initial guess parameter s for the breakpoint s. Empirically determined breakpoints were tested for statistical significance by means of the Davies test Davies, Segmented regression analyses were computed for all three criteria of creative potential and for creative achievement.
For the criterion of ideational fluency, a breakpoint was detected at an IQ of The bivariate correlations i. The breakpoint model is shown in Fig. Breakpoint models for the fluency score a , the Top 2 originality score b , and the average originality score c. Linear model for creative achievement d. For creative potential assessed by means of the Top 2 originality score, a significant breakpoint was detected at an IQ of The scatter plot with the segmented relationship is shown in Fig.
When the average originality was considered as a criterion, the breakpoint was estimated at an IQ of Finally, segmented regression analysis was also performed for the criterion of creative achievement although no non-linear relationship was observed; see above.
The linear model is shown in Fig. Since a statistically significant threshold for creative potential Top 2 originality score could be detected at an IQ of General intelligence and the personality dimensions openness to experiences, conscientiousness, and agreeableness were entered as predictors since these variables showed significant zero-order correlations with the criterion neuroticism and extraversion could not explain a significant increment in variance: The enter-method was used in regression analyses.
Below the IQ-threshold, creative potential is significantly predicted by IQ and conscientiousness, but not by openness. In contrast, above the IQ-threshold intelligence and conscientiousness are significant predictors only by trend, whereas now openness is the strongest predictor of creative potential.
Despite weak significant zero-order correlations in the total sample, agreeableness does not significantly predict creative potential in both regression analyses of IQ subsamples, which is most likely due to the reduced sample size. Multiple regression analyses predicting creative potential by IQ and personality factors for subsamples below and above an IQ of Separate regression analyses were not performed for creative potential as defined by average originality or ideational fluency since the subsamples above As there was no threshold for creative achievement we also did not compute separate regression analyses for this measure.
The prominent threshold hypothesis proposes that a certain minimum level of intelligence is a necessary condition for creativity. However, extensive tests of this hypothesis showed inconsistent results and the suggested threshold of IQ points represents, at best, an educated guess. We investigated the threshold hypothesis by means of segmented regression analysis aiming for an empirical determination of the potential threshold between intelligence and creativity.
To our knowledge this is the first report of an application of this method in the context of the threshold hypothesis of creativity. In line with the threshold hypothesis, we found evidence for a segmented linear relationship between intelligence and creative potential. Intelligence significantly predicted creative potential in a lower IQ range but not in the upper IQ range. Hence, the correlation between intelligence and creative potential appears to be moderated by the level of intelligence.
Moreover, the actual level of the threshold was found to depend on the applied measure of creative potential. For the quantitative criterion of ideational fluency we obtained a rather low IQ threshold of In contrast, IQ thresholds for qualitative measures of creative potential were higher: When ideational originality was defined by the two most creative ideas in divergent thinking tasks cf.
When the average originality of all ideas was considered, the estimate of The Davies test for differences in slope was not significant but correlations still differed significantly. The data hence still meet the most conservative criterion as proposed by Karwowski and Gralewski A significant positive relationship below the threshold, no significant correlation above it, and a significant difference between both.
How could the observed discrepancy between the IQ thresholds of 86, and IQ points be explained? Considering first the thresholds of the qualitative measures of creative potential, the most straightforward interpretation would be that it simply needs higher intelligence to produce a series of original ideas than just two of them.
The observation that the IQ threshold when predicting ideational fluency is around 85 IQ points further supports this notion: While one has to have at least above-average intelligence to produce original ideas, producing a higher quantity of ideas disregarding their quality seems easier to manage. Given a necessary minimum of intelligence of about 1 standard deviation below the population mean or higher, no significant correlation between ideational fluency and cognitive ability can be observed anymore.
This result is well in line with the finding that intelligence is more predictive of ideational originality than of fluency Benedek et al.
The differences in thresholds for different measures of creative potential might also help to explain discrepant findings of studies using only ideational fluency as a single indicator of creative potential and thereby disregarding the quality of ideas. When considering only fluency, the absence of a threshold at is well in line with our data. As Batey and Furnham conclude: Indeed, the threshold hypothesis does not predict that one needs intelligence in order to produce many ideas of unknown quality, but that one needs a certain intellectual capacity in order to produce creative ideas.
But what are the mechanisms by which intelligence fosters creative potential? Past research suggests that these mechanisms include the adoption of smart strategies, high cognitive control and broad knowledge. Moreover, there is increasing evidence that the relationship of creative potential and intelligence is mediated by executive processes such as cognitive inhibition and switching Benedek et al. Finally, many creative problems strongly draw on verbal abilities and general knowledge.
Crystallized intelligence was found to show higher correlations with specific measures of creative potential than other components of intelligence Cho et al.
We found evidence for an IQ threshold with respect to creative potential, but not for creative achievement. Our results thus suggest that intelligence fosters creative achievement across the whole range of intellectual ability. This is in line with previous studies reporting that IQ is predictive of creative achievement even within high ability groups Park et al. Moreover, intelligence and creative potential were found to be concurrently predictive of creative achievement Plucker, It hence can be concluded that the threshold hypothesis only holds true for indicators of creative potential but not for creative achievement.
Finally, this result pattern provides evidence for the sensitivity but also the specificity of the employed analysis strategy. When performing separate multiple regression analyses in samples of lower and higher intelligence, we found that openness to experiences predicts creative potential in the subsample above the threshold whereas conscientiousness is negatively related to creative potential in the lower IQ range. High creative potential is not possible with a low level IQ; but once the intelligence threshold is met, openness may explain to some extent whether the required cognitive disposition is actually turned into high creative potential.
Moreover, King et al. Although further research is needed to clarify the relationship between these constructs, it could be hypothesized that high intelligence and high openness predict creative potential, which, in turn, predicts creative achievement.
In the below-average IQ sample, low conscientiousness predicted creative potential in addition to general intelligence. Batey, Chamorro-Premuzic, and Furnham also found conscientiousness to be negatively related to self-reported ideational behavior. Analyses of the facets of conscientiousness showed that deliberation predicted ideational behavior negatively while competence was associated positively. The authors interpret their findings in the way that ideational behavior may be characterized by an inability to restrain impulses.
Moreover, the relationship between conscientiousness and creativity may depend upon the investigated sample: While artists are of lower conscientiousness than non-artists, scientists are generally more conscientious. More creative scientists, however, show higher levels of facets that reflect low conscientiousness than less creative scientists i. Taken together, our results point to different constellations of traits that are relevant to creative potential in lower and higher IQ samples: While divergent thinking ability may be supported by a lack of conscientiousness, i.
Higher openness may foster the acquisition of a broader general knowledge and thus support creativity Cho et al. An important point for studies investigating the threshold hypothesis is the IQ range of the tested sample. It is usually considered adequate to compare lower vs.
In the case of creative achievement, even highly selective groups of very intelligent individuals have been extensively studied cf. The present study used a naturalistic sample showing a continuous normal distribution of intelligence. While an even more selective sample may be suitable to discriminate among the very brightest, this study made the attempt to perform an unbiased detection of potential thresholds within the typical range of intelligence cf.
Moreover, since the tests used in this study were able to detect significant thresholds, statistical power could be considered sufficient.
Further studies are still needed to test the robustness of the obtained threshold estimates. Recent research points to the relevance of crystallized intelligence with regards to the threshold hypothesis Cho et al.
Since the intelligence test battery administered in the present study was assembled in order to obtain a broad and reliable measure of g it is not suited to decompose the effects of fluid and crystallized intelligence.
Future research could employ segmented regression analyses to examine the threshold hypothesis in more detail with respect to lower order factors of intelligence. Summarizing, intelligence is highly relevant for creativity, but the kind of relationship depends on the level of intelligence as well as on the actual indicator of creativity. In line with early assumptions, intelligence may increase creative potential up to a certain degree where it loses impact and other factors come into play.
At this, it possibly applies that the more complex the measure of creativity that is considered, the higher the threshold up to which intelligence may exert its influence. For the most advanced indicator of creativity, namely creative achievement, intelligence remains relevant even at the highest ability range.
The authors wish to express their gratitude to Michaela Lenzhofer and Martin Wammerl as well as Maike Sitter for their help in organizing and conducting the test sessions. Moreover, we are grateful to the students of the University of Graz who rated the originality of responses.
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