ERIC Number: EJ1088518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Opening the Creative Mind of High Need for Cognitive Closure Individuals through Activation of Uncreative Ideas
Ong, Lay See; Leung, Angela K.-Y.
Creativity Research Journal, v25 n3 p286-292 2013
Drawing on the integrative system theory of creativity combining the person, process, and press perspectives, this research offers the first evidence of how high-need-for-cognitive-closure (NFC) individuals' creative mind can be opened up, by making them become more cognizant of uncreative ideas as consensually invalid solutions to creative problems. A validation study was conducted to first establish the utility of a newly developed chocolate design task. In the second study, half of the participants were made aware of conventional chocolate designs by drawing these designs before generating a revolutionized design of chocolate; the other half did not have to draw out the conventional designs first. Results confirmed that, given the opportunity to cognize uncreative solutions, high-NFC participants who had a higher creative ideation potential became the most creative. Their low-NFC counterparts, however, did not seem to benefit from the trigger of uncreative solutions. The implication that holding onto a chronic motive to attain cognitive closure or epistemic certainty is not necessarily detrimental to creative performance was discussed.
Descriptors: Creativity, Psychological Needs, Validity, Undergraduate Students, Creativity Tests, Personality Measures, Test Validity, Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries, Likert Scales, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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