Committee Chair

Ross, David F.

Committee Member

O'Leary, Brian; Johnson, Michael

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Positive mood may broaden cognition, allowing for an increase in creativity. This study tested whether creativity could be increased when positive mood and creativity were induced through verbal instructions that direct ed participants to revisit memories that depicted positive mood and/or creative moments. This experiment had a 2(mood induction positive/neutral) X 2(creativity induction yes/no) design, and 112 participants in four condi tions: 22 in the first, 33 in the second, 25 in the third, and 32 in the fourth. Mood and creativity inductions were autobiographical, as this method is the most effective technique for inducing mood. Scales used were the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking and the Brief Mood Introspection Scale. Findings indicated that creativity can be increased when positive mood and creative thinking are induced in the same experimental condition versus inducing creativity or mood separately or not at all. This study has implications for understanding factors that produce creative thought

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

12-2012

Subject

Creative ability

Keyword

Brief Mood Introspection Scale; Creativity; Mood induction; Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking

Discipline

Cognition and Perception | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

x, 31 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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