Interactive effects of multicultural experiences and openness to experience on creative potential

Angela K Y Leung, Chi Yue Chiu

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Extensiveness of multicultural experiences and Openness to Experience were used to predict European American undergraduates' performance on two measures of creative potential: (a) generation of unusual uses of garbage bags and (b) retrieval of nonprototypical or normatively inaccessible exemplars in the conceptual domain of occupation. The results showed that having extensive multicultural experiences predicted better performance on both measures of creative potential only among participants who were open to experience. Among those who were not open, having more extensive multicultural experiences was associated with a lower level of creative potential. Implications of these findings for promoting creativity in schools are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-382
Number of pages7
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


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