E. Paul Torrance Professor of Creativity Studies
University of Georgia, Athens
WHAT HE STUDIES
Idea generation and divergent thinking, and he has devised a battery of tests that measures creative potential and performance.
IN THE NEWS
The purpose of the meeting was to "evaluate the legacy of creativity research and to look for ways to mine new knowledge at the intersections of cognitive psychology, neurobiology, neurotechnology, learning, and the arts."
— National Endowment of the Arts
The SAT is a measure of convergent thinking: the ability to arrive at the single best answer deemed correct by a select committee. One big thing that is missing on these tests is the assessment of divergent thinking: the ability to generate multiple possibilities, ideas, and solutions to a problem.
— Beautiful Minds, Scientific American