Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Porter, Jim,


Psychology, Personality.




The present study was undertaken to examine the relationship between epistemological style, creativity, and depression. A measure assessing epistemological styles was administered to 177 undergraduate students in different degree programs at the University of Windsor. The participants were divided into three groups based on their dominant epistemological style (empirical, rational, and metaphorical). The three epistemological style groups were then compared on measures of creativity and depression. Data analysis entailed the use of descriptive statistics, correlations, and multivariate statistics to test the hypothesis that epistemological style is related to creativity and/or depression. Results indicate statistically significant differences among epistemological style groups with regard to level of creativity, with predominantly metaphorical individuals scoring higher on the measure of creativity than predominantly empirical or rational individuals. No significant differences on creativity were found between the latter two groups. Measures of depression were not significantly different between the groups.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .S36. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-02, page: 0696. Adviser: Jim Porter. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.