Impulsivity, breadth of attention and creative performance. An empirical study with university students

Fermín Martínez Zaragoza


Mechanisms by which creative individuals select and transform information in creative products is a promising area in the study of the creative process. This paper examines the relationship between the non-selectivity of information, or breadth of attention, and impulsivity as functional and dysfunctional forms of information management and creative productivity, respectively, seeking links between the two, in a sample of university students. Creative performance measures are CREA and Guilford tests of divergent thinking. The results support the initial hypothesis that creative persons are less selective in selecting information, and using better than most the mechanisms of disinhibition (impulsivity) to achieve a maximization of divergent production, which then will have the option to be transformed into creative products.


creativity; impulsivity; breadth of attention; CREA; Guilford Tests

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