The Relationship Between ADHD Symptoms, Personality, and Creativity

Author: Autumn Cox
Major: Psychology
Approved: Spring 2020
Status: In progress

This project will investigate whether the more inattentive, mind-wandering prone individual has higher creativity scores than more attentive individuals. Creativity is divided into three categories: creative process, person, and product. A creative person is usually considered to be someone with creative behaviors and personality; a creative product is something that is made as a result of one’s creativity. Meanwhile, creative process occurs during creativity through the mental processes of divergent and convergent thinking. This project will focus on creative process, specifically divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is the ability to come up with multiple solutions to a problem. High levels of creativity/divergent thinking are associated with low latent inhibition (LI), a high IQ, ADHD, and high openness from the Big Five Personality Scale. ADHD is caused, in part, by executive function (EF) impairment, such as low inhibition, which is known to be correlated with higher creativity. Past research has examined only one or two of these associated variables at a time. In the current study, we aim to investigate the relation between ADHD symptoms, EF, personality traits, and divergent thinking. We expect that individuals high in inattentive symptoms, low in inhibition, and high in openness will show greater divergent thinking as measured by the Alternative Uses Task (AUT).