Are dyslexic people more creative? myth or realitya meta-analysis

  1. Mónica Gutiérrez-Ortega 1
  2. Maryem Torres-Quesada 2
  3. Patricia Crespo 2
  4. Verónica López-Fernández 2
  5. Noemi Fariña 2
  6. Analía Barbón 2
  1. 1 Universidad de Valladolid

    Universidad de Valladolid

    Valladolid, España


  2. 2 Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Logroño
Psicología educativa

ISSN: 1135-755X

Year of publication: 2023

Volume: 29

Issue: 1

Pages: 55-64

Type: Article

DOI: 10.5093/PSED2023A1 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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The claim that people with dyslexia are more creative than people without this learning disorder is widespread. But the complexity of creativity and the way it is measured means that this statement is sometimes inconsistent. The aim of this review is, on the one hand, to explore the relationship between dyslexia and creativity, as well as to analyze the categories of divergent thinking: fluency, originality, abstractness, elaboration, and flexibility. On the other hand, it also aims to identify moderators that may be influencing this relationship, such as age, country, or the test used. We retrieved 13 empirical studies that provided 39 effect sizes. The results show that there are no significant differences between people with and without dyslexia in terms of creativity when considering the construct as a whole. However, a significant relationship between the two constructs is observed when analyzing the categories of divergent thinking isolated.

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