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Title: Conservatism Negatively Predicts Creativity: A Study Across 28 Countries
Author(s): Groyecka-Bernard, Agata
Sorowkowski, Piotr
Karwowski, Maciej
Roberts, S Craig
Aavik, Toivo
Akello, Grace
Alm, Charlotte
Amjad, Naumana
Asao, Kelly
Atama, Chiemezie S
Atamtürk Duyar, Derya
Ayebare, Richard
Batres, Carlota
Bensafia, Aicha
Bertoni, Anna
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Keywords: creativity
behavioral immune system
parasite stress
Issue Date: Jun-2024
Date Deposited: 2-Jul-2024
Citation: Groyecka-Bernard A, Sorowkowski P, Karwowski M, Roberts SC, Aavik T, Akello G, Alm C, Amjad N, Asao K, Atama CS, Atamtürk Duyar D, Ayebare R, Batres C, Bensafia A & Bertoni A (2024) Conservatism Negatively Predicts Creativity: A Study Across 28 Countries. <i>Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology</i>, 55 (4), pp. 368-385.
Abstract: Previous studies have found a negative relationship between creativity and conservatism. However, as these studies were mostly conducted on samples of homogeneous nationality, the generalizability of the effect across different cultures is unknown. We addressed this gap by conducting a study in 28 countries. Based on the notion that attitudes can be shaped by both environmental and ecological factors, we hypothesized that parasite stress can also affect creativity and thus, its potential effects should be controlled for. The results of multilevel analyses showed that, as expected, conservatism was a significant predictor of lower creativity, adjusting for economic status, age, sex, education level, subjective susceptibility to disease, and country-level parasite stress. In addition, most of the variability in creativity was due to individual rather than country-level variance. Our study provides evidence for a weak but significant negative link between conservatism and creativity at the individual level (β = −0.08, p < .001) and no such effect when country-level conservatism was considered. We present our hypotheses considering previous findings on the behavioral immune system in humans.
DOI Link: 10.1177/00220221241238321
Rights: Groyecka-Bernard, A., Sorokowski, P., Karwowski, M., Roberts, S. C., Aavik, T., Akello, G., Alm, C., Amjad, N., Asao, K., Atama, C. S., Atamtürk Duyar, D., Ayebare, R., Batres, C., Bensafia, A., Bertoni, A., Bizumic, B., Boussena, M., Buss, D. M., Butovskaya, M., … Sorokowska, A. (2024). Conservatism Negatively Predicts Creativity: A Study Across 28 Countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 55(4), 368-385. Copyright © The Authors, 2024. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses. DOI:
Notes: Additional co-authors: Boris Bizumic, Mahmoud Boussena, David M. Buss, Marina Butovskaya, Seda Can, Antonin Carrier, Hakan Cetinkaya, Daniel Conroy-Beam, Marco Antonio Correa Varella, Ilona Croy, Rosa María Cueto, Marta Czerwonka, Marcin Czub, Silvia Donato, Daria Dronova, Seda Dural, Izzet Duyar, Berna Ertugrul, Agustín Espinosa, Carla Sofia Esteves, Tomasz Frackowiak, Aleksandra Gajda, Marta Galewska-Kustra, Jorge Contreras Graduño, Farida Guemaz, Ivana Hromatko, Chin-Ming Hui, Iskra Herak, Raffaella Iafrate, Jas Laile Jaafar, Dorota M. Jankowska, Feng Jiang, Konstantinos Kafetsios, Tina Kavčič, Nicolas O. Kervyn, Nils C. Köbis, Izabela Lebuda, Georgina R. Lennard, Ernesto León, Torun Lindholm, Mohammad Madallh Alhabahba, Zoi Manesi, Sarah L. McKerchar, Girishwar Misra, Conal Monaghan, Emanuel C. Mora, Alba Moya-Garófano, Bojan Musil, Jean Carlos Natividade, George Nizharadze, Elisabeth Oberzaucher, Anna Oleszkiewicz, Mohd Sofian Omar Fauzee, Ike E. Onyishi, Baris Özener, Farid Pazhoohi, Mariia Perun, Annette Pisanski, Katarzyna Pisanski, Edna Lúcia Tinoco Ponciano, Camelia Popa, Pavol Prokop, Muhammad Rizwan, Svjetlana Salkičević, Susanne Schmehl, Oksana Senyk, Shivantika Sharad, Franco Simonetti, Meri Tadinac, Karina Ugalde González, Olha Uhryn, Christin-Melanie Vauclair, Diego Vega, Ewa Weremczuk-Marczyńska, Dwi Ajeng Widarini, Gyesook Yoo, Maja Zupančič, Afifa Anjum, Anam Shahid, and Agnieszka Sorokowska
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