Isolation: the optimum environment for creativity? the relationship between the experience of ostracism and creativity

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dc.contributor Barth, Joan M.
dc.contributor McDonald, Kristina L.
dc.contributor Ward, Thomas B.
dc.contributor.advisor Lochman, John E.
dc.contributor.advisor Guadagno, Rosanna E. Minney, Jessica Ann 2017-03-02T19:55:07Z 2017-03-02T19:55:07Z 2016
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002519
dc.identifier.other Minney_alatus_0004D_12661
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Creativity is a social construct affected by personality, intelligence, motivation, historical context, and environment, among other variables. Ostracism is a form of social rejection that has been shown to negatively affect cognitive processes. The present study tested whether there was a causal relationship between the experience of ostracism and subsequent creativity. Participants in the present study were either included or excluded during a game of Cyberball, and then were in one of three social conditions (social: expectation for future social interaction with a confederate, coaction with a confederate: no expectation for future social interaction; or solo task completion: no confederate present) while they completed two tasks of creativity (drawing and writing). Multivariate analysis of the drawing task ratings revealed a significant Cyberball x social condition x drawing apprehension interaction; participants in the Cyberball-excluded/solo condition received the highest ratings on complexity, but only when they were high in drawing apprehension. Additionally, Cyberball-included/social condition, participants high in drawing apprehension received much higher ratings of drawing complexity than participants low in drawing apprehension. The implications of these findings are discussed, as well as directions for future research.
dc.format.extent 101 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
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.subject.other Social psychology
dc.title Isolation: the optimum environment for creativity? the relationship between the experience of ostracism and creativity
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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