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.
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
- Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Van Yperen, N. W., & Van Geert, P. L. C. (2017). Embedding the psychosocial biographies of Olympic medallists in a (meta-)theoretical model of dynamic networks. Progress in Brain Research, 232, 137-140.
- Van Yperen, N.W. (2017). Competence and the Workplace. In: Elliot, A.J., Dweck, C.S., & Yeager, D.S. (Eds.). Handbook of Competence and Motivation (2nd Edition): Theory and Application(pp. 635-654). New York: Guilford Press.
- Niessen, A. S. M. , & Meijer, R. R. (2017). On the use of broadened admission criteria in higher education. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(3), 436-448.
- Niessen, A. S. M. , & Meijer, R. R. (2017). College admissions, diversity, and performance-based assessment: Reply to Stemler (2017). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(3), 452-453. DOI: 10.1177/1745691617693055
- Sport Science Blog by Prof. dr. Nico van Yperen: Dutch columns on the psychological factors of sports and performance.
- Niessen, A. S. M. (2016). Predicting performance: How can we determine whether someone will be successful? Mindwise, the Groningen Psychology Blog.
- Den Hartigh, R. J. R. (2015). Can we crack the secrets of talent and excellence? Mindwise, the Groningen Psychology Blog.
- Den Hartigh, R. (September, 2015). Maintaining momentum – Harnessing enhanced performance. International Innovation. Research Media Ltd.
Selection of international scientific articles on talent development & creativity:
- Niessen, A. S. M., & Meijer, R. R. (in press). On the use of broadened admission criteria in higher education. Perspectives on Psychological Science.
- Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Van der Steen, S., Hakvoort, B., Frencken, W. G. P., & Lemmink, K. A. P. M. (in press). Differences in game-reading between selected and non-selected youth soccer players. Journal of Sports Sciences.
- Den Hartigh, R. J., Van Dijk, M. W., Steenbeek, H. W., & Van Geert, P. L. (2016). A dynamic network model to explain the development of excellent human performance. Frontiers in psychology, 7 .
- Niessen, A. S. M., Meijer, R. R., & Tendeiro, J. N. (2016). Predicting Performance in Higher Education Using Proximal Predictors. PloS one, 11(4), e0153663.
- Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Van Der Steen, S., De Meij, M., Van Yperen, N. W., Gernigon, C., & Van Geert, P. L. C. (2014). Characterising expert representations during real-time action: A Skill Theory application to soccer. Journal of cognitive psychology, 26, 754-767.
- Küpers , E., van Dijk, M., McPherson, G., & van Geert, P. (2014). A dynamic model that links skill acquisition with self-determination in instrumental music lessons. Musicae Scientiae, 18, 17-34.
- Meijer , R. R., & Niessen, A. S. M. (2015). A trial studying approach to predict college achievement. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 887.
- Meindertsma , H. B., van Dijk, M. W., Steenbeek, H. W., & van Geert, P. L. C. (2014). Assessment of Preschooler’s Scientific Reasoning in Adult–Child Interactions: What Is the Optimal Context? Research in science education, 44, 215-237.
- Rietzschel , E. F., De Dreu, C. K. W., & Nijstad, B. A. (2010). What are we talking about when we talk about creativity: Group creativity as a multifaceted multistage phenomenon. In E. A. Mannix, M. Neale, & J. A. Goncalo (Eds.), Research on managing groups and teams: Creativity in Groups (vol. 12, pp. 1–23). Palo Alto, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Rietzschel, E. F., Nijstad, B. A., & Stroebe, W. (2010). The selection of creative ideas after individual idea generation: Choosing between creativity and impact. British journal of psychology, 101, 47-68.
- Steenbeek, H., Van Geert, P., & Van Dijk, M. W. G. (2011). The dynamics of children’s science and technology talents: A conceptual framework for early science education. Netherlands Journal of Psychology, 66, 96-109.
- Van Yperen, N. W. (2009). Why some make it and others do not: Identifying psychological factors that predict career success in professional adult soccer. The Sport Psychologist, 23, 317-329.