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Talent Development and Creativity

Talent Development and Creativity Research at the Department

The MSc. program Talent Development and Creativity has been developed in a joint collaboration between the departments of Developmental Psychology, Organisational Psychology, and Psychometrics and Statistics. The Department of Developmental Psychology has provided a major contribution to the development of talent and creativity in the classroom, and has coordinated the national “Curious Minds” for several years.

Curious Minds

This national research project ("Talentenkracht" in Dutch) is focused on the measurement and stimulation of scientific talent in primary education. It has resulted in a list of scientific articles, as well as teaching instruments for schools, coaching packages for teachers, and a handbook on talent development in primary education. See  talentenkrachtgroningen.nl

Research and expertise

The department of organizational psychology has expert knowledge on the role of psychological factors, such as achievement motivation, to optimize individual performance in the context of work, but also in sports and education. Furthermore, this department investigates the topics of career (talent)development and creativity in organisations. The department of Psychometrics and Statistics has been working on sets of tools, analysis techniques, and testing in the context of work, education, and sports. One concrete example is the trial studying approach to predict college achievement. The work on selection and talent assessment that is currently ongoing has triggered the interest of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers throughout the world.

Selection of Academic Staff :

Prof. dr. Nico W. Van Yperen. Research expertise: Competence and motivation across achievement settings, including work, sports, and education.
Dr. Henderien Steenbeek . Research expertise: Talent development in teacher-student interactions, mostly in primary education and the arts.
Prof dr. Rob R. Meijer . Research expertise: Methods, measurements, and instruments in Psychology. Design of tests that optimally predict future performance in work, education, and sports. 
Dr. Ruud J. R. Den Hartigh . Research expertise: Performance processes in sports and beyond, in particular talent development and psychological momentum.
Susan Niessen, MSc . Research expertise: Talent assessment methods in the context of higher education. Prediction of who will be successful in his or her studies.
Prof. dr. Peter de Jonge . Research expertise: The development of psychopathology and how this could be linked to special talents and creativity.
Dr. Marijn W. G. Van Dijk . Research expertise: Talent development and creativity in primary education.
Yannick Hill, MSc . Research expertise: Breakthroughs and Breakdowns in athletic careers.

Selection of recent exposure on talent development & creativity

  Selection of international scientific articles on talent development & creativity:

  • Testimonial van

    This master is a great combination between learning new theories and discoveries, and applying those in practice" (Joske - student Talent Development and Creativity)

  • Testimonial van Ruud den Hartigh

    In this Psychology talk, Dr. Ruud den Hartigh explores the development of talent in the specific case of excellent performers.

    In this Psychology talk, Dr. Ruud den Hartigh explores the development talent in the specific case of excellent performers.

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    – Ruud den Hartigh
  • Testimonial van Joske van der Sluis

    The best course unit that I took was the one on coaching.

    I'm the first student to have completed this Master's programme. That's because it's new: officially the programme only started this academic year. But I was allowed follow some of the course units last year, which explains why I have already completed the programme.

    In Talent Development and Creativity you learn how to bring out the best in others. You help them to discover and develop their talents.

    This topic has always interested me, which is why I chose the programme. I’m particularly interested in sport, but I didn’t want to limit myself to sport psychology. In this programme, you learn about the development of various sorts of talent: in sport, in music, at school, at work… you name it.

    The best course unit that I took was the one on coaching. First you learn all the theories and models of coaching, and then you apply them in the practicals, by using role play. And then, and this was the part I liked best, you actually coach someone, a student assistant or PhD student. This meant we could immediately apply what we had learnt, and in fact that was the case with all the course units. I think that is a major strength of this Master’s programme.

    Although you can do a placement as part of the programme, I chose not to. I wrote an extensive thesis, which involved conducting research into affordances, the possibilities that people see to take action, and psychological momentum in a sporting event. The expectation was that a person who is in positive momentum – who has a lead over the opponent for instance – will see more affordances than a person who is in negative momentum. And that proved to be true.

    I’m now working on a PhD proposal that follows on from my thesis. Research didn’t appeal to me very much before, but this topic is so interesting and I am so into it now that I really like the idea of finding out more.

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    – Joske van der Sluis
  • Testimonial van Jeremy Dillman

    What is so great about this programme is the way theory and practice are integrated.

    I came to Groningen because I had the opportunity to study Psychology here. I was fascinated by human thought and behaviour and I wanted to learn more about it. Furthermore, Groningen is a picturesque city full of canals with sailboats and bicycle paths that get you across town. Throughout my bachelor I discovered the cultural opportunities and liveliness that only a city with 25% student population can offer.

    After my bachelor's programme I worked in Television Production in Germany for two years, before deciding to come back to Groningen for my master's degree. Currently, I am following the ' Talent Development and Creativity' master's programme. We study the nature of talent, where talent originates, and how it can be developed.

    It is a unique study, with an approach to psychology that I think is revolutionary. Whereas most Psychology programmes only examine the development of large groups of people over time, the programme in Groningen also focuses on processes on the individual level. Iam very interested in that research angle - carefully studying someone's development and interactions and describing it in an almost mathematical way.

    Another great aspect of the 'Talent Development and Creativity' programme is the way theory and practice are integrated. One course on talent development consisted almost entirely of lectures by practitioners: from the Conservatory, for instance, or from FC Groningen. These experts presented how they select and develop talent in their institution. Then they discussed their ideas with us and were actually interested in our input.

    Most courses I have in the 'Talent Development and Creativity' trajectory are structured into two components: initially building up knowledge and then applying it to a 'real world' case. This is challenging as you might have a great theoretical Idea which turns out to be impractical when transferred to a real case. But it is also very gratifying: instead of cramming for an exam and forgetting everything the moment you exit the exam hall, you really get to put your knowledge to use.

    After my study, I think I would like to work at a talent development department at an international company, conceptualizing Talent Development programmes that help employees to get the most out of themselves and to perform optimally. Given my work experience in Television, I am searching for a Media Company, because I loved the creative environment it offered.

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    – Jeremy Dillman
  • Testimonial van Hanna Boers

    We learn a lot about how to recognize talent and creativity.

    After I finished my Bachelor's degree in psychology at Leiden University, I wasn't sure which Master's degree I wanted to do and I decided to first travel for a year. During my trip I found out that I really wanted to learn more about creativity, but when I started looking for Master's degree programmes on that topic I only found programmes in the US and Scotland. Then I stumbled upon the Master's programme in Talent Development and Creativity in Groningen. I'm very interested in coaching..

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    – Hanna Boers
  • Testimonial van alumnus Sten Dallinga

    Sports psychologist (entrepeneur) and personal trainer

    Psychology is concerned with everything related to human behaviour. For me, clinical psychology means counseling people who need help. Helping people go from -1 to 0, so to speak. That is very important work, but I found myself much more interested in guiding people who are already doing well. Helping them to go from 0 to 1, to really achieve great things.
    At the moment, I work both as a personal trainer and I have my own business where I work as an independent sports psychologist. As the latter, I coach athletes, especially in the context of performance: how do you perform under pressure, how do you keep your concentration, and how do you deal with the thrill of competition?
    As a personal trainer, I train people in a sports studio. That is very physical – I make sure they do all the exercises right – but at the same time, my education as a psychologist proves very useful. People get stressed, they want a lot. With my background, I can guide them well.
    During my studies, I took quite a few courses in sport psychology, and I still use the theories I learned. The courses on performance and coaching, for example, where you are taught to talk about improving and changing behaviour in a one-on-one setting, have proven to be very useful. My work is all about turning theory into practice.
    In future, I would like to do a lot more in the field of achievement. I want to apply psychological insights to take sports in the Netherlands to a higher level. That is possible, if coaching and talent development are employed in the best possible way. I would love to make a contribution to that, and to develop myself further as a psychologist.
    My advice for (future) students? Your university years can come with a lot of insecurity, especially towards the end. All of a sudden you are a graduate, and then what? If we all had our way, we would complete a study, get a job right after, and have everything go in a nice, straight line from there. But it never does, and that is all right. It is part of life, and it can teach you valuable lessons.
    Above all, I would tell students to really treasure their time at university. It is a wonderful phase of your life, one in which you have a lot of freedom and the opportunity to figure out what really matters.

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    – alumnus Sten Dallinga
  • Testimonial van Mart de Meij

    I work as a HR analytics advisor at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports

    I am interested in how companies and organizations can use talent in the best way possible. That is very important for an organization, but at the same time very complicated. How do you define talent; how do you make sure people use the talent that they have ? How can you develop talent and how do you let talented people work together in the best way possible. During the Master 'Talent Development and Creativity' you learn to look at talent from this complex and dynamic perspective.

    At the moment, I work as a HR analytics advisor at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. I analyze data from different staff systems to get new insights for HR managers, policy makers and advisors. I have meetings with them to find out which data they find most interesting. I also talk with the people who provide all the information to discuss which data I can request for my analysis. Finally, I make analyses in Excel with graphics in PowerPoint to share my new insights.

    During the master’s programme, I learned how psychological processes work in organizations and how you can examine them. Because of this study programme, I can look with a different, more creative perspective at approaches to examine processes. My study is still very useful for my current job.

    I look back at my student time in a very positive way. I really enjoyed the atmosphere in Groningen. You will know what I mean by this when you have studied there.

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    – Mart de Meij
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