The Ultimate List of Innovation Research

Looking for the latest scientific research on thinking? You're in the right place.

If you want to learn more about how people think, check out our ever-growing list of innovation research below. If you have fascinating data about creativity, innovation and thinking to share, please contact us so we can add it to the list.

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Creativity in the Workplace | Thinking Ability | Organizational Behavior


Creativity in the Workplace

A study by IBM of 1,500 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) from different size organizations, 60 countries and 33 industries determined creativity to be the number 1 leadership skill needed by CEOs managing companies today.
Read More:  http://www-935.ibm.com/services/c-suite/series-download.html

Researchers studying R&D teams found that the willingness to take risks has a potent impact on not just creative expression, but also an organization’s ability to launch the most creative products and services. The most innovative organizations encourage employees to take creative risks, delay judgement of ideas, and even celebrate failure.
Read more: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/…00469.x/abstract


Thinking Ability

Researchers studying identical twins found that — while 80% of IQ differences were attributable to genetics — only around 30% of performance on creativity tests can be explained from genetic ability.
Read more: springerlink.com/…ontent/p7313418u5320360

People who think that they are creative are more likely to actually be creative.  In a study of over 6,000 professionals, researchers found that people who “agree” with the survey statement “I am creative” consistently end up creating innovative new businesses, products, services and processes.
Read more: https://hbr.org/2012/05/crush-the-im-not-creative-barr 

The perception of creativity as innate continues. A study discovered that “68% of business leaders firmly believe that great innovators are born and cannot be made.
Read more: hbr.org/…012/03/creativity-with-a-small-c

Brain scans of children between 7 and 12 showed that children who grow up in poverty fail to develop strong connections in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that regulates memory, learning and the regulation of stress—basically the exact brain functions that help generate creative ideas.
Read more: http://www.spring.org.uk/2016/01/growing-up-poor-changes-brain-connectivity-and-depression-risk.php


Organizational Behavior

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2013/sep/19/born-creative-study-brain-hemingway