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Holt, N J


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Nicola Holt
Senior Lecturer in Ind Differ/Res Methods


M Runco

S Pritzker


Schizotypy is a set of traits analogous with the symptoms of schizophrenia. This article explores their putative role in the creative process, arguing that any relationship with creativity is complex and potentially bidirectional, where positive symptoms (e.g., pseudo-hallucinations) may be associated with factors that facilitate creativity (e.g. cognitive disinhibition) while negative schizotypy (e.g. anhedonia) inhibits creativity. Further, positive schizotypy only appears to facilitate certain stages of the creative process (the generation of novelty) and thus it will be argued that it needs to interact with other factors in order to lead to a creative product (e.g. efficient executive functioning).

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Book Title Encyclopedia of Creativity
APA6 Citation Holt, N. J. (in press). Schizotypy. In M. Runco, & S. Pritzker (Eds.), Encyclopedia of CreativityElsevier
Keywords arts, cognitive disorganisation, creativity, flow state, healthy schizotypy, impulsive nonconformity, negative schizotypy, positive schizotypy
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