Title

Opening the Creative Mind of High Need for Cognitive Closure Individuals through Activation of Uncreative Ideas

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Drawing on the integrative system theory of creativity combining the person, process, and press perspectives, this research offers the first evidence of how high-need-for-cognitive-closure (NFC) individuals’ creative mind can be opened up, by making them become more cognizant of uncreative ideas as consensually invalid solutions to creative problems. A validation study was conducted to first establish the utility of a newly developed chocolate design task. In the second study, half of the participants were made aware of conventional chocolate designs by drawing these designs before generating a revolutionized design of chocolate; the other half did not have to draw out the conventional designs first. Results confirmed that, given the opportunity to cognize uncreative solutions, high-NFC participants who had a higher creative ideation potential became the most creative. Their low-NFC counterparts, however, did not seem to benefit from the trigger of uncreative solutions. The implication that holding onto a chronic motive to attain cognitive closure or epistemic certainty is not necessarily detrimental to creative performance was discussed.

Discipline

Cognition and Perception

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Creativity Research Journal

Volume

25

Issue

3

First Page

286

Last Page

292

ISSN

1040-0419

Identifier

10.1080/10400419.2013.813791

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10400419.2013.813791

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