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A recent study conducted by the School of Psychology from the Higher School of Economics revealed that different cultures affect creativity. For example, the study revealed that creativity is measured by the multiple and unusual symmetry images in certain countries such as Russia. However, other countries such as the United Arab Emirates think differently.  

The Tretyakov Gallery presented a variety of beautiful portraits, including the “A certain 1917” piece created on September 27, 2017. The piece depicted a young woman walking past the Marc Chagall’s, and other elegant pieces presented, including Russian art created in 1917. The Russian art included portraits of protesters waving red flags and others.

 How the study authors conducted the research  

The School of Psychology gathered their findings by reviewing various portraits using Thomas Ward’s Structural Imagination Test. The study authors also collaborated with researchers from the American University of Sharjah; thus, the team reported their findings to the Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Center.

The study authors instructed the Respondents to enact and draw other lifeforms on planets other than earth. Chosen judges judged the imagined pieces from the two institutions of 53 participants aged between 17 and 20 years from Russia. The E.U. group consisted of a similar number of participants ranging between 17 to 26 years. The Judges had the instruction to grade the pieces on a scale ranging from one to five, from the 100 drawings issued to them. Then, the Judges evaluated the images factoring in various expected attributes such as four limbs.

Russian participants had more marks than those from the E.U

The study authors revealed that Judges from the Russian Institution awarded the participants higher marks than E.U’s participants. The Jury issued the scores regardless of the author’s background or origin: thus, the E.U. judges awarded an average of 2.54 from the Russian authors and 1.94 from the Emirati authors.

The Russian judges awarded 3.12 to the Russian authors and 2.33 to the Emirati authors. However, the study authors also revealed the findings derived from the Judge’s influence of culture: the Russians judged the drawings as attractive while the Emirati authors were less appealed.