Big Five Personality and Creativity: The Moderating Effect of Motivational Goal Orientation

Oshrit Kaspi-Baruch

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This study examined the association between the big five personality dimensions and creativity through the moderation of motivational goal orientation. One hundred and ninety students engaged in full-time employment completed questionnaires, which were used to assess the variables of interest. Regression moderation analyses supported some of the expected hypotheses. The associations between the big five dimensions and creativity were moderated by learning motivational goal orientation. Individuals high in extroversion, emotional stability, and low in conscientiousness, are most creative when they are oriented toward learning. In addition, openness fully predicted creativity, without the moderation of goal orientation. The results are discussed in terms of the interactional nature of personality and goal orientation theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-338
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • big five personality traits
  • creativity
  • learning motivational orientation
  • performance motivational orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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