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Schizotypy, creativity and mating success in humans.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16537133     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
There is an evolutionary puzzle surrounding the persistence of schizophrenia, since it is substantially heritable and associated with sharply reduced fitness. However, some of the personality traits which are predictive of schizophrenia are also associated with artistic creativity. Geoffrey Miller has proposed that artistic creativity functions to attract mates. Here, we investigate the relationship between schizotypal personality traits, creative activity, and mating success in a large sample of British poets, visual artists, and other adults. We show that two components of schizotypy are positively correlated with mating success. For one component, this relationship is mediated by creative activity. Results are discussed in terms of the evolution of human creativity and the genesis of schizophrenia.
Authors:
Daniel Nettle; Helen Clegg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society     Volume:  273     ISSN:  0962-8452     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-15     Completed Date:  2006-04-18     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101245157     Medline TA:  Proc Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  611-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Psychology, Brain and Behaviour, University of Newcastle, Henry Wellcome Building, Framlington Place, Newcastle NE2 4HH, UK. daniel.nettle@ncl.ac.uk
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Art
Creativity*
Female
Humans
Male
Poetry as Topic
Questionnaires
Schizotypal Personality Disorder*
Sexual Behavior*
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