Creativity research in Russia (2000–2017). part i. a methodological analysis

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Master’s student
Affiliation: Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Psychology
Address: Sankt-Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Admiral Makarov Embankment, 6, Russia
Occupation: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Psychology
Address: Saint Petersburg, Admiral Makarov Embankment, 6, Russia
Journal namePsikhologicheskii zhurnal
EditionVolume 41 Issue 2

This article reports the results of the study of the most common methodological practices in the field of creativity research in Russia. In this study, methodological practices are understood as research methodology, statistical data processing, and description of results in scientific papers. Using the search query “creativity”, 369 articles with empirical data (N = 377) that were published during 2000–2017 were retrieved from the eLibrary database. A number of methodological indicators and indicators of completeness of the results’ description were evaluated for each empirical study. Frequency analysis was performed based on the collected data. The main results of the present study are the following: (1) most creativity studies were conducted based on quantitative methodology where as very few studies were performed from the perspective of qualitative methodology; (2) divergent thinking tests are the most commonly used measures in creativity research in Russia; (3) using of judges’ subjective scoring for the assessment of divergent thinking is extremely rare; (4) half of the studies are exclusively based on students’ samples; (5) most studies lack the necessary but sufficient description of the sample's characteristics; (6) most conclusions are inferred from the magnitude of p-value while ignoring the confidence intervals and effect sizes. The results are discussed in the context of the future development of Russian research on creativity.

KeywordsCreativity, creativity research, methodology, methodological practices, statistical analysis.
Publication date04.03.2020
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