assessment of creativity not the goals, intended as tools of research and for tailoring a student’s curriculum to enhance their long-term potential. Wanted to utilize the test as a signpost to indicate how much a child’s creativity has been cultivated through educational practices. Published in 1966 by Torrance, and he strongly discouraged using the test to evaluate creative ability.

A modified version of the TTCT was used during this experiment [how to refer to Shelley’s version?].


A modified version of the TTCT was administered before and after the MBSR program to each subject following neuroimaging. There were two versions of the test (Form A and Form B) and the order of tests given was counterbalanced across participants by means of a random number generator. The tests contained three figural and two verbal components.

TTCT Figural

The first part of the figural provides a curved shape and the subject is asked to elaborate on the curved shape by adding new ideas to the picture. Coloring pencils and pens are provided as drawing utensils. After the picture is completed, the subject is required to create a title for the artwork. The subject is encouraged to be as clever and unusual as possible (potential priming effects? address later).

The second part consists of ten incomplete figures with these instructions: “By adding lines to the incomplete figures on this and the next page, you can sketch some interesting objects or pictures. Again, try to think of some picture or object that no one else will think of. Try to make it tell as complete and as interesting a story as you can by adding to and building up your first idea. Make up an interesting title for each of your drawings, and write it at the bottom of each block next to the number of the figure.”

The third component provides two pages of either parallel lines or circles. The subject is provided with similar instructions as the second part, without the need to write titles.

Scoring Figural:

1. Fluency: count of the number of relevant ideas given the stimulus

2. Originality: count of the number of statistically infrequent ideas (based off of the answers given by the sample collected)

3. Elaboration: ideas given beyond the initial response

4. Abstractness of Titles

5. Resistance to Closure: maintain an open mind

Scores on the TTCT correlate about 0.51 with adult creative acheivements 12 years later.

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