Creativity impacts of arts and culture

Creativity is important in many ways: for fresh thinking, innovation, productivity, self-expression and sustaining vibrant communities. This section comprises studies which show how engagement in arts and culture can enhance people's creativity.

The summaries in this category are:

The dynamics that determine cover versions in recorded western music

This research as conducted by José Luis Ortega at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

Summary

This paper attempted to understand which songs, artists and genres of music were most covered (and who did the most covering). The research built a database of recorded music throughout the 20th century. The …

Artists can be public sector intrapreneurs

This research was conducted by Jessica Sherrod Hale and Joanna Woronkowicz at Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Summary

Artistic residencies are one way in which organisations can bring about fresh thinking and innovation. This paper describes the results of an experiment which tested whether ‘artists act as intrapreneurs’ by ‘solving a novel …

Instilling creativity at work using theatrical improvisation

This research was conducted by Anna-Maija Nisula and Aino Kianto at Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Summary

This paper sets out the impact of using theatrical improvisation techniques to develop creativity at a Finnish organisation of 6,000 employees undergoing a process of restructure and readjustment. The techniques were conveyed through …

Hosting an artist residency in a scientific research institute

This research was conducted by Boram Lee, Ian Fillis and Kim Lehman at the University of Stirling, Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Summary

This paper outlines the impact of an artist residency and exhibition at an aquaculture institute in Scotland. It goes on to highlight the …

The impact of jazz festivals

This research was conducted by Emma Webster and George McKay at the University of East Anglia

Summary

The UK is home to an estimated 200 jazz festivals. In an assessment of the literature around these diverse events, this research highlights their manifold impacts: from catalysing economic growth through to expanding social …

By | 26 March 2018 |

Men tend to be perceived as creative more often than women

This research was conducted by Devon Proudfoot, Aaron C. Kay and Christy Z. Koval at Duke University, USA.

Summary

Even when producing identical outputs, men are perceived as more creative than women, and ‘outside-the-box’ creative thinking is associated with stereotypically masculine characteristics. The study provides a statistical analysis of reactions to …

By | 31 July 2017 |

How learning visual art improves creativity and changes the brain

This research was conducted by Alexander Schlegel and eight others at Dartmouth College, USA and Beijing Normal University, China.

Summary

This study investigated the impact of visual art training on young adults’ behaviour and changes in brain activity. A group of undergraduate students who were given introductory painting or drawing lessons …

By | 17 July 2017 |

Creativity’s genetic similarity to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

This research was conducted by Robert A Power and 24 others at a variety of institutions worldwide

Summary

Based on the theory that some psychiatric disorders and creativity have shared attributes, the authors of this study investigated whether common genetic characteristics that place individuals at risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder …

By | 21 March 2016 |

Artists can enhance workplace creativity

This research was conducted by Alexander Styhre and Michael Eriksson at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Summary

This paper describes what happened during the Artists In Residence scheme, a project in Sweden that matched artists with business to work together for a 10 month period. The artists involved included musicians …

By | 11 December 2014 |

Nursing and the arts: a recipe for creativity in care

This research was conducted by Brenda Pavill at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA

Summary

This paper outlines the various ways in which student nurses benefit from taking an art module in their training. It describes what happened as part of The Creative Project, a component within a nursing training …

By | 11 December 2014 |