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PSYC 3550 Study Guide - Comprehensive Final Exam Guide - Divergent Thinking, Variance, Neuroticism


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 3550
Professor
Jennifer Hunter
Study Guide
Final

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Lecture 1- Introduction
Just Suppose
Just suppose you could walk on air or fly without being in an airplane, what problems might this
create?
Running into birds
Air Traffic
The transportation system would lose money
Sunburn/Skin cancer
Eradicate Boarders
Safety Concerns
What is Creativity?
Improv is creative because it involves making an original scene/idea from a small cue,
and there could be many possibilities of end products and the thought processes that
brought them to that same end product
My definition: Creativity is when someone creates an end product from a smaller
idea/cue. There are many possibilities of what the end product could have been, and
many different thought process sequences that could have occurred for the individual to
have arrived at their end product
There is no clear definition of creativity, so it is difficult to have common parameters for
researchers to be able to compare their research to
Creativity Definitions: Functional (clear parameters) -> Structural (more inclusive)
Amabile- the quality of product or responses judged to be creative by appropriate
observers, and can also be regarded as the process by which something so judged is
produced (FUNCTIONAL)
Sulvia et al.- Comprised of 3 facets: uncommonness, remoteness, and cleverness
(FUNCTIONAL)
Rogers- the dynamic co-creation between the uniqueness of the individual, and the
materials, event, people, or circumstances in their life (STRUCTURAL)
Benefits of Creativity
Generating novel solutions/products may enhance job performance or general daily
tasks
o Artificial pancreas
o Orange-Fleshed sweet potato
Improve Well-Being
o Decreases negative mood
o Decrease Symptomatology
Society: Can result in new empirical findings, artistic movements, and solutions to social
problems
o Medicare
o Robot that detects water pipe leaks (reduces water wastage)
Society: Can draw attention to important issues
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How do we Measure Creativity?
Creativity Exercise: There Is a Man and a Dog
There’s a oy ith his dog, alkig alog the pier y the eah. The dog
is alkig o his hid legs, ad holdig the oy’s had. The oy ad the
dog are talking about how funny it is that everyone is looking at them as
if their companionship is odd. Little do they know, someday humans and
dogs will be walking and talking together as a normality. Charlie and his
dog, Loki, are from the future, and they arrived here through a portal
found at the centre eye of the ferris-wheel at the amusement park on
that same pier that they are walking along. They came back to the past
to try to sae Loki’ soul ate fro eig put up for adoptio y a
owner who no longer wanted her.
Since there is no agreed definition of what creativity is, it is difficult to
agree upon a best measure that remains reliable across different
operational definitions of creativity
Creativity Tests
Self-report inventories
o Creative Personality Scale (30 adjectives)
18 adjectives indicate creative personality
12 adjectives indicate a non-creative personality
Low face validity- the adjeties do’t eessarily
ostitute a reatie persoality
Low Reliability- positive items have good reliability while
then negative items did not
Meaning of the terms is not clear (broad)
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