The sense of lack of control has been shown to foster illusory pattern perception, superstition, conspiracy and religious beliefs. The aim of this study was to assess whether the feeling of lacking control in a given situation can also promote creative thinking. We manipulated the former via a recollection task (participants were asked to recall an incident in which they felt control vs. loss of control) and measured the latter with tasks related to divergent thinking (e.g. production of associative and dissociative combinations). Results showed higher scores in all creativity tasks for the group recalling lossof-control events than the group recalling in-control events. Effects of lack of control have been accounted for as resulting from compensatory attempts to re-gain control. Our findings suggest this compensatory process takes advantage of intuitive thinking

Lack of control and creativity / Maiello, Michele; Treccani, Barbara; Job, Remo; Mulatti, Claudio. - STAMPA. - 23:(2018), pp. 200-200. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 59th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society tenutosi a New Orleans nel 15/11/2018 - 18/11/2018.

Lack of control and creativity

BARBARA TRECCANI;REMO JOB;CLAUDIO MULATTI
2018

Abstract

The sense of lack of control has been shown to foster illusory pattern perception, superstition, conspiracy and religious beliefs. The aim of this study was to assess whether the feeling of lacking control in a given situation can also promote creative thinking. We manipulated the former via a recollection task (participants were asked to recall an incident in which they felt control vs. loss of control) and measured the latter with tasks related to divergent thinking (e.g. production of associative and dissociative combinations). Results showed higher scores in all creativity tasks for the group recalling lossof-control events than the group recalling in-control events. Effects of lack of control have been accounted for as resulting from compensatory attempts to re-gain control. Our findings suggest this compensatory process takes advantage of intuitive thinking
Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society - 59TH ANNUAL MEETING
PSYCHONOMIC SOCIETY
Lack of control and creativity / Maiello, Michele; Treccani, Barbara; Job, Remo; Mulatti, Claudio. - STAMPA. - 23:(2018), pp. 200-200. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 59th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society tenutosi a New Orleans nel 15/11/2018 - 18/11/2018.
Maiello, Michele; Treccani, Barbara; Job, Remo; Mulatti, Claudio
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