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Curiosity can predict employees' ability to creatively solve problems

Oregon State University

Employers who would like to hire creative problem solvers should look for candidates with strong curiousity traits.

Highlights

Subdimensions of epistemic curiosity include diversive and specific curiosity.

Diversive curiosity involves exploring unfamiliar topics and learning new things, while specific curiosity is associated with deprivation factors.


Diversive curiosity predicted ratings of solution quality and originality.

Diversive curiosity traits related strongly with performace ratings on a marketing project plan. Specific curiosity did not predict creative problem solving or creative performance.


Effects of diversive curiosity were mediated by early stage information seeking.

More time was spent in early stage information seeking, and more ideas were generated.