The Siberian Scientific Medical Journal
№ 2 / 2017 / 55-61

Impact of intelligence and executive control in verbal creativity in physiological aging

Author Affiliations


Purpose of the study: to test the effect of age on the efficacy of divergent thinking, also to explore factors that may be associated with the possible preservation of creative abilities in old age. Material and methods: the indicators of verbal divergent thinking, executive control, IQ and scale of seeking by ANPS test were evaluated on a sample of 89 young (22.1 ± 3.2 years) and 90 older (64.9 ± 6.7 years) people. Results and discussion. Results testify to preservation of originality of divergent thinking during aging for employed elderly people. All assessed psychometric indicators were predictors of originality in old participants.

Key words

aging, verbal divergent thinking, age-related differences, predictors of originality
About Authors (Correspondence):

Privodnova E.Yu. – postgraduate student, junior researcher of laboratory of cognitive physiology, е-mail:

Volf N.V. – doctor of biological sciences, professor, head of the laboratory of cognitive physiology, е-mail:

Received: 25/04/2017