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Effects of Example Modalities on Generative Creativity

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Ph.D. in Psychology

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Important to methodology for assessing creative potential is an understanding that demonstrable action must be taken when arranging thoughts and behaviors to generate observable creative outputs. However, few studies have focused on the role that movement plays in creative outputs, despite the fact that creative actions are often movement-based and embodied frameworks suggest that both the mind and body interact synergistically to enhance creative problem-solving. The proposed research will explore novel work examining the impact movement may have on creativity by examining the potential influences of written, picture-based, or interactive movement-based problem-presentation on the ability to generate creative ideas. Given that we will also examine individual differences in EF, results from this experiment may practically inform educational policy and direct individualized pedagogy to optimize thinking and learning in service of creative development.

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