Creative Achievement and Individual Differences: Associations Across and Within the Domains of Creativity

Darya L. Zabelina, Elina Zaonegina, William Revelle, David M. Condon*

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We investigated the relationships between creative achievement, cognitive ability, temperament, and vocational interests using a large and diverse Internet-based sample. Ten creative domains (visual arts, music, creative writing, dance, drama, architecture, humor, scientific discovery, inventions, culinary arts) were positively associated with higher cognitive ability, intellect, and extraversion and lower agreeableness. Regarding cognitive ability, there was no evidence for the threshold effect on achievements. Regarding age, younger individuals endorsed a greater number of low-level achievements and older individuals endorsed more high-level achievements across the 10 creative domains. Other characteristics of individual differences (e.g., vocational interests) were more domain-specific for predicting creative achievement. We also introduce a revised method for the assessment and scoring of creative achievements and discuss suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-636
Number of pages19
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 25 2021


  • Big five
  • Cognitive ability
  • Creative achievement
  • Threshold hypothesis
  • Vocational interests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Applied Psychology


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