In the eye of the beholder: Differences across ethnicity and gender in evaluating creative work

James C. Kaufman, Weihua Niu, Janel D. Sexton, Jason C. Cole

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Abstract

Creativity has been proposed as a supplement to ability tests as a way to reduce bias, as a result of the typical lack of ethnic or gender differences. Yet, creativity is usually measured through a consensus of rater judgment. Could there be implicit biases against people of different ethnicities or gender? This study examined stories and poems written by 205 students and rated by 108 different students. Females wrote poems that were judged to be more creative; there were no significant differences by ethnicity across all raters. Among notable findings, European Americans and African Americans both preferred stories written by European Americans. Reasons for this and other findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-511
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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