Predicting work activities with divergent thinking tests: A longitudinal study

Maria M. Clapham, Edwina M. Cowdery, Kelly E. King, Melissa A. Montang

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This study examined whether divergent thinking test scores obtained from engineering students during college predicted creative work activities fifteen years later. Results showed that a subscore of the Owens Creativity Test, which assesses divergent thinking about mechanical objects, correlated significantly with self-ratings of creative work activities and number of patent submissions. An overall divergent thinking score obtained from the Structure of the Intellect Learning Abilities Test (SOI-ELCT), however, did not correlate significantly with either creative work activities or patent submissions. Practical and theoretical implications of the results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-166
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005


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