Does creativity change as we age?
Anyone who has worked with young artists can attest to their unbound creativity. At what age creativity peaks, and does it change based on environmental factors?
To answer these age old questions, we did some digging.
We found early scientific research by Alphonse Quetelet on how creativity changes across the life span. His 1835 quantitative study consisted of eminent French and English playwrights, and his measure of creativity was their output of plays in consecutive 5-year periods.
In 1953 a noted psychologists, Harvey Lehman, published Age and Achievement Studies. He created age distributions for important achievements and used these distributions to conclude that the most productive ages were 32-36 for painters, 26-31 for lyric poets, 40-44 for novelists and 35-39 for movie directors.
Do you believe this age distribution for creative careers is still valid today?
A recent study, by David W. Galenson, Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of
Artistic Creativity, examines creative careers of variety of artists and shows that there are two fundamentally different approaches to innovation, and that each is associated with a distinct pattern of discovery over a lifetime.
We believe that creativity at any age produces innovation and finest work of art, and results in greater satisfaction for audience and higher economic value for artist. A win-win proposition!
We would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.