Effects of Cognitive Demand and Emotion on the Incubation Effect in Dyads

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dc.contributor Tullett, Alexa
dc.contributor Ward, Tom
dc.contributor Black, Sheila
dc.contributor Morett, Laura
dc.contributor.advisor Roskos, Beverly
dc.contributor.author Zhao, Qichen
dc.date.accessioned 2022-09-28T14:55:51Z
dc.date.available 2022-09-28T14:55:51Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.other http://purl.lib.ua.edu/186583
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0004542
dc.identifier.other Zhao_alatus_0004D_14893
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/9569
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The incubation effect describes the phenomenon of performance improvement after being away from a hard task for some time. Though much research has been done, the mechanism(s) underlying this effect was unclear yet, together with a lack of studies in groups. The current study examined the incubation effect in a group context using dyads and explored the effects of cognitive demand of interpolated task and emotions on the incubation effect, in hope of deepening understanding of possible mechanisms of the incubation effect. Four experiments were conducted: Experiments 1-3 manipulated cognitive demand of interpolated task and Experiment 4 manipulated emotions during incubation. Three divergent thinking tasks were employed: Experiments 1 and 4 employed alternative uses task, Experiment 2 employed instances task and Experiment 3 employed consequences task. Participants in each trial worked together with their partner on a creativity task, then worked on the designated interpolated task, then came back and worked on the same creativity task again, except in no-incubation condition where they worked on the creativity task continuously.The results showed trends that fit the incubation effect in Experiments 2 and 3, but no significant effect of cognitive demand of interpolated task or emotions during incubation was found on the proposed group incubation effect. Possible reasons might come from the setup of cognitive demand levels and emotion conditions, or the relatively weak nature of the incubation effect. Future studies on the group incubation effect should carefully set conditions and explore more group sizes for the generalizability concern.
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 creativity
dc.subject.other group creativity
dc.subject.other incubation effect
dc.title Effects of Cognitive Demand and Emotion on the Incubation Effect in Dyads
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.

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