Lower Working Memory and Higher Levels of Creatiivty

Do you struggle with long- multi- step directions? For example, do you get confused when you call technical support and get a long list of unfamiliar next steps ? Or, do you ever get home from the super market only to notice that you forgot half the items you planned on purchasing? Is copying new, unfamiliar information/ terms off the white board difficult and tedious for your child? If so, you or your child may have lower working memory.

In this short two an a half minute podcast excerpt I chatted with the fascinating ‪creativity‬, ‪giftedness‬ and ‪#education‬ researcher C. Matthew Fugate, PhD about his research which indicates a relationship between *lower* working memory and higher levels of creativity and divergent thinking.

A bit about Matthew : Matthew received his doctorate in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies at Purdue University. Matthew worked as an elementary teacher in the Houston Independent School District where he also served as a Gifted Coordinator and Magnet Coordinator. During this time, he received his Masters in Educational Psychology, Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut. Matthew’s current research focus is twice exceptionality.

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Do you feel like you or your child/ student may have lower working memory, yet higher divergent thinking abilities? I’d love to know you thoughts or reactions here on Facebook or Instagram

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