Individual differences in children's innovative problem-solving are not predicted by divergent thinking or executive functions

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title = "Individual differences in children's innovative problem-solving are not predicted by divergent thinking or executive functions",
abstract = "Recent studies of children's tool innovation have revealed that there is variation in children's success in middle-childhood. In two individual differences studies, we sought to identify personal characteristics that might predict success on an innovation task. In Study 1, we found that although measures of divergent thinking were related to each other they did not predict innovation success. In Study 2, we measured executive functioning including: inhibition, working memory, attentional flexibility and ill-structured problem-solving. None of these measures predicted innovation, but, innovation was predicted by children's performance on a receptive vocabulary scale that may function as a proxy for general intelligence. We did not find evidence that children's innovation was predicted by specific personal characteristics.",
keywords = "innovation, cognitive development, individual differences",
author = "Sarah Beck and Clare Williams and Nicola Cutting and Ian Apperly and Jackie Chappell",
year = "2016",
month = mar,
day = "19",
doi = "10.1098/rstb.2015.0190",
language = "English",
volume = "371",
journal = "Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences",
issn = "0962-8452",
publisher = "The Royal Society",
number = "1690",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Individual differences in children's innovative problem-solving are not predicted by divergent thinking or executive functions

AU - Beck, Sarah

AU - Williams, Clare

AU - Cutting, Nicola

AU - Apperly, Ian

AU - Chappell, Jackie

PY - 2016/3/19

Y1 - 2016/3/19

N2 - Recent studies of children's tool innovation have revealed that there is variation in children's success in middle-childhood. In two individual differences studies, we sought to identify personal characteristics that might predict success on an innovation task. In Study 1, we found that although measures of divergent thinking were related to each other they did not predict innovation success. In Study 2, we measured executive functioning including: inhibition, working memory, attentional flexibility and ill-structured problem-solving. None of these measures predicted innovation, but, innovation was predicted by children's performance on a receptive vocabulary scale that may function as a proxy for general intelligence. We did not find evidence that children's innovation was predicted by specific personal characteristics.

AB - Recent studies of children's tool innovation have revealed that there is variation in children's success in middle-childhood. In two individual differences studies, we sought to identify personal characteristics that might predict success on an innovation task. In Study 1, we found that although measures of divergent thinking were related to each other they did not predict innovation success. In Study 2, we measured executive functioning including: inhibition, working memory, attentional flexibility and ill-structured problem-solving. None of these measures predicted innovation, but, innovation was predicted by children's performance on a receptive vocabulary scale that may function as a proxy for general intelligence. We did not find evidence that children's innovation was predicted by specific personal characteristics.

KW - innovation

KW - cognitive development

KW - individual differences

U2 - 10.1098/rstb.2015.0190

DO - 10.1098/rstb.2015.0190

M3 - Article

C2 - 26926280

VL - 371

JO - Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences

JF - Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences

SN - 0962-8452

IS - 1690

M1 - 20150190

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