The friendly enemies: emergence effects in word choice for story generation responses to conceptual combinations

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dc.contributor Roskos-Ewoldsen, Beverly
dc.contributor Westbrook, Philip
dc.contributor.advisor Ward, Thomas B. Kennedy, Evan 2017-03-01T17:38:54Z 2017-03-01T17:38:54Z 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002178
dc.identifier.other Kennedy_alatus_0004M_12338
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Conceptual combination, the blending of separate ideas to produce new categories, is often accompanied by emergence, a process by which novel attributes that are not present in either parent idea emerge when the concepts are combined. Previous research shows that emergence is more common when the constituents of a combination are atypical than when they are typical, thus raising the possibility that the former may be more likely to provoke creativity. The present study extended previous findings by comparing stories written in response to typical combined concepts versus atypical combined concepts. In addition, the study examined individual differences in creative capacity and working memory as factors that may underlie people's likelihood of exploiting the creative potential of unusual combinations. Stories written from atypical story seeds were not rated by coders as being more creative than those written from similar seeds, but they did contain more verbs, auxiliary verbs and adverbs, as identified by the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) program, possibly indicating a potential for more action and description in stories generated from unusual prompts. The individual difference variables were not predictive of performance on the story task.
dc.format.extent 62 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
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dc.subject.other Cognitive psychology
dc.title The friendly enemies: emergence effects in word choice for story generation responses to conceptual combinations
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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