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Creative Process: are there differences across cultures?


Keywords: creativity, culture, cognition, novelty

This paper examines the effects of cross-cultural differences in the context of creativity as a process. Extending existing models of creativity, I propose a theoretical framework that identifies specific mechanisms of cultural influence on the key steps of the creative action. Specifically, the paper examines the effect of cultural differences in motivation and cognition on how individuals progress through the process and arrive at qualitatively different creative outcomes. The proposed model provides a potential explanation for the cross-cultural differences in the degree of creativity that were observed by researchers in the past.


Marina McCarthy -
Nova Southeastern University


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