Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




A test of the Wallach and Kogan Tests of Creativity was conducted using the Barron Welsh Art Scale as a criterion of creativity. The Wallach and Kogan Tests measure verbal fluency and uniqueness of ideas, supposedly the basis of creative behavior. The Barron-Welsh Art Scale, on the other hand, differentiates known creative people from non-creative along a dimension of preference complexity or simplicity. The Barron Ego Strength Scale was included as a measure of a trait found to be higher in creative people than in the normal population. High intercorrelations between the three measures were hypothesized. No relationship was found, which leaves unanswered the question of the validity of either the Wallach and Kogan measures or the Barron scales. One possibility for this lack of correlation is that creative people, as differentiated by the Barron scales, are people who have committed themselves to a profession and so are different from those who do not.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Gail L. Sunderman July, 1976