To help you think about a suitable term-paper topic,
it may be helpful to look at the following two lists. By matching an item
in List A (independent variables or causes) with a corresponding
item in List B (dependent variables or effects), you can obtain
some possibilities (e.g., “the effect of gender on scientific creativity”).
Of course, not all pairings have been the subject of psychological research.
You should search through PsycINFO to make sure appropriate publications
are available. Moreover, you are by no means bound by the topics
on these two lists - this is a course on creativity after all!
brain (e.g., hemispheric differentiation, frontal lobes)
disabilities (physical, learning, dyslexia, etc.)
domain-specific experience and/or training
drugs and/or alcohol
education (k-12, college, graduate, professional)
experts or expertise
grade point average
intelligence or IQ
motivation (power, achievement, and/or affiliation)
parental loss or other adversity
training or coaching