Creativity research in Russia (2000–2017). Part II. Methodological recommendations for researchers

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Master’s student
Affiliation: Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Psychology
Address: 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 3

This article is concerned with analysis and discussion of empirical results of the study of the most common methodological practices in the Russian field of creativity research.  In the present study, methodological practices are defined as research methodology, statistical data processing, and description of results in scientific papers.Based on the obtained results, we composed a list of recommendations aimed at improving current methodological practices. These recommendations stress the necessity of: 1) compliance with the current requirements for the processing and interpretation of the results on divergent thinking tests and the organization of the testing procedure; 2) using more than one divergent thinking task in case the latter is chosen as a target measure; 3) avoiding the tendency to interpret scores on Mednick's test as characteristic of (verbal) creativity; 4) providing data on the reliability of scores derived from psychometric methods; 5) reporting sample size as well as sample’s major demographic characteristics, such as age and sex; 6) correct application of statistical tests; 7) reporting the magnitude of a test statistic, the exact p-value, and confidence intervals and/or effect size.

KeywordsCreativity, creativity research, methodology, methodological practices, statistical analysis, methodological recommendations
Publication date08.05.2020
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