The Effect of Intuition on Creativity as Discussed by Several Individuals of Creative Genius

Date of Award

Fall 1985

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Marian Pauson

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H85C35


When the term intuition came into psychological parlance less than a century ago, the argument began over whether intuition could affect creativity, and whether it, in fact, existed at all as part of cognitive process. This paper will begin with a discussion of the meaning of intuition and some of the implications of that term, address the difficulties inherent in relying on self-report for information, and then turn to the statements of several well-known creative individuals about the role of intuition or intuition-related phenomena in their work.

The selection of creative individuals will be limited to those who have attained fame in the twentieth century, or that time period since the term intuition achieved its current connotations.


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