Visualizer cognitive style enhances visual creativity

Massimiliano Palmiero, Raffaella Nori, Laura Piccardi

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In the last two decades, interest towards creativity has increased significantly since it was recognized as a skill and as a cognitive reserve and is now always more frequently used in ageing training. Here, the relationships between visual creativity and Visualization-Verbalization cognitive style were investigated. Fifty college students were administered the Creative Synthesis Task aimed at measuring the ability to construct creative objects and the Visualization-Verbalization Questionnaire (VVQ) aimed at measuring the attitude to preferentially use either imagery or verbal strategy while processing information. Analyses showed that only the originality score of inventions was positively predicted by the VVQ score: higher VVQ score (indicating the preference to use imagery) predicted originality of inventions. These results showed that the visualization strategy is involved especially in the originality dimension of creative objects production. In light of neuroimaging results, the possibility that different strategies, such those that involve motor processes, affect visual creativity is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-101
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Publication statusPublished - Feb 26 2016


  • Motor-planning
  • Neuroimaging
  • Spatial and Object Imagery
  • Verbal processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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