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Watching films with magical content facilitates creativity in children

Subbotsky, Eugene and Hysted, Claire and Jones, Nicola (2010) Watching films with magical content facilitates creativity in children. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 111 (1). pp. 261-277.

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Abstract

Two experiments examined the possible link between magical thinking and creativity in preschool children. In Exp. 1, 4- and 6-yr.-old children were shown a film with either a magical or nonmagical theme. Results indicated that the mean scores of children shown the magical film was significantly higher than that of children watching the nonmagical film on the majority of subsequent creativity tests for both age groups. This trend was also found for 6-yr.-olds’ draw- ings of impossible items. In Exp. 2, Exp. 1 was replicated successfully with 6- and 8-yr.-old children. Exposing children to a film with a magical theme did not af- fect their beliefs about magic. The results were interpreted to accentuate the role of magical thinking in children’s cognitiv

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Perceptual and Motor Skills
Uncontrolled Keywords: creativity ; magical thinking ; learning
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 55172
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Jun 2012 09:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:35
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55172

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