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Playfulness, Ideas, and Creativity: A Survey

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Daniel Nettle


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This article investigates whether self-reports about playfulness are related to self-reports about creativity and the alternate uses of objects. An on-line survey was conducted of how people think about themselves. One thousand, five hundred and thirty-six people completed the survey. They were asked whether a variety of statements were very characteristic of themselves through to whether they were very uncharacteristic. Respondents were then asked to offer alternative uses for 2 different objects. Those people who characterized themselves as being playful clearly thought of themselves as being creative. The self-reports of their playfulness, creativity, and innovation were positively correlated with each other and were validated with their suggested uses for 2 different objects. Personality measures were derived from the respondents' self-assessments. On the openness scale, the measure was positively correlated with the respondents' assessments of their own playfulness and with the number of alternative uses for two objects. © 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bateson P, Nettle D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Creativity Research Journal

Year: 2014

Volume: 26

Issue: 2

Pages: 219-222

Online publication date: 08/05/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1040-0419

ISSN (electronic): 1532-6934

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2014.901091


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