College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Thinking Skills Lab


Levels of creativity among 8th and 11th graders in Minnesota

In this project, my collaborators and I are examining the relationships among creativity test scores and scholastic achievement levels as measured by Minnesota state achievement tests.

The cognitive correlates of chess competency

In this project, we are examining the relationships between chess competency levels as indicated by Elo ratings (i.e., international measures of chess competency) and cognitive measures of fluid intelligence and visual-spatial ability. The participants are primarily university undergraduates and graduate students.


  • Cognitive abilities associated with chess cognition
  • Creativity among school-aged students
  • Cognitive effects of online instruction
  • Cognitive effects of chess training on seniors

Quote from William Bart

William Bart

I am currently pursuing my interests in the relationships among cognition, instruction, and testing through research on cognitive diagnostic testing and on the development of talents and gifts among students.

Research group

Chelsea Rowles headshot

Chelsea Rowles

PhD student

Chelsea focuses on the importance of creativity, and is interested in the idea of mini-c, creativity for oneself and the validity of self-creativity. She believes we need to start here to help ourselves and others to grow in their creative abilities. The evaluation of creative programming and finding methods to better measure and understand what students learn in the areas of creativity also interest her.

Jenifer Doll

Jenifer Doll

PhD student

Jennifer Doll is collaborating on the chess cognition research. She plans to examine the cognitive and educational effects of online instruction.

Recent publications

Bart, W. (August 8, 2014). On the effect of chess training on scholastic achievement. Frontiers in Psychology, 5. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg. 2014.00762.

Bart, W., Hokanson, B., Sahin, I., & Abdelsamea, M. (2015). An examination of the gender differences in creative thinking abilities among 8th and 11th grade students. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 17, 17-24.