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Posted on 3 February 2017

Vaibhav Tyagi publishes in Frontiers of Psychology

A new research article on "The Risky side of creativity" has been published by the CogNovo fellow Vaibhav Tyagi and his supervisors/collaborators Yaniv Hanoch, Stephen Hall, Mark Runco and Sue Denham. The article is published in the section Personality and Social Psychology of the journal Frontiers in Psychology, in the same issued another CogNovo article is published. Tyagi et. al.'s article "The Risky Side of Creativity: Domain Specific Risk Taking in Creative Individuals" explores the association between creativity and domain specific risk taking using a multidimensional, multi-domain approach. Findings from this research indicate that creative personality and creative ideation are associated with risk taking only in the social domain. All the other domains such as health-safety, recreational, financial and ethical risk taking were not linked with being creative. This research brings forward the current understanding of the role some traits might play in influencing creativity. His work has prominently been featured in an article by the Guardian about the link between Creativity and risk taking.

The research presented in this article is a part of the research conducted by Vaibhav towards the fulfilment of his PhD as a CogNovo Marie Curie Fellow. His PhD aims to investigate the links between risk taking and creativity and to understand the factors affecting this relationship. His research methodology at CogNovo involves experimental and online data collection from large and diverse participant groups. If you want to know more about his work, check out his personal page or his project description.


  • Tyagi, V., Hanoch, Y., Hall, S. D., Runco, M., & Denham, S. L. (2017). The Risky Side of Creativity: Domain Specific Risk Taking in Creative Individuals, Frontiers in Psycholgy, 8. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00145