Neuropsychological differentiation of adaptive creativity and schizotypal cognition

Joscelyn E. Fisher, Wendy Heller, Gregory A. Miller

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Both creativity and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders have been associated with activation of remote semantic concepts, but this activation results in innovative output in one case and communication disturbances in the other. The present study examined the relationship between monitoring semantic information (which relies on executive brain function), creativity, and characteristics of schizotypy in an undergraduate population. Results indicate that executive function differentiates the use of semantic information in creativity and schizotypy. Specification of the balance between executive monitoring and activation of semantic information is important for determining how communication disturbances manifest, and for the measurement of creativity and schizotypy in the general population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-75
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Creativity
  • Executive function
  • Memory
  • Schizotypy
  • Semantic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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