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dc.contributor.advisorAndrews-Hanna, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorDE STEFANO, NADIA ANAIS
dc.creatorDE STEFANO, NADIA ANAIS
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-08T00:36:33Z
dc.date.available2022-01-08T00:36:33Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationDE STEFANO, NADIA ANAIS. (2020). THE INFLUENCE OF GOAL PURSUIT ON CREATIVE THOUGHT (Bachelor's thesis, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA).
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/662836
dc.description.abstractThinking is a ubiquitously human process which occurs even when we have no task to engage in. A large proportion of the content of task-unrelated and “task-absent” thoughts are thought to be composed of unfulfilled goals or current concerns(Nikles, 1998; Smallwood, 2010). These thoughts may be accompanied by efforts to tackle these current concerns.Mental contrasting is a cluster of 3 categories of mental processing underlying different degrees of attempt to solve a problem. These degrees consist of 1) envisioning a goal, 2) recognizing the obstacles present in accomplishing the goal, and 3) creating steps to overcome the necessary obstacles to achieving the goal. Each subsequent step entails the previous step. Our study poses the question: does goal oriented thought increase levels of creativity? Here we ran participants through two tasks. First participants voiced aloud all of their stimulus dependent and stimulus independent thoughts for 10 minutes. This task was used to analyze participant’s levels of goal-oriented thought. Next participants voiced aloud answers to an open-ended question. This task was used to measure creativity in the form of fluency. A negative relationship was found between envisioning a goal and creativity scores. No relationship was found between recognizing obstacles present in goal achievement. The relationship between creating steps to achieve a goal and creativity scores was suggestive of a positive relationshipbut results were not significant. However, this trend is promising for preliminary data with a low sample size.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.
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dc.titleTHE INFLUENCE OF GOAL PURSUIT ON CREATIVE THOUGHT
dc.typeElectronic Thesis
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thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizona
thesis.degree.levelbachelors
thesis.degree.disciplineNeuroscience and Cognitive Science
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors College
thesis.degree.nameB.S.
refterms.dateFOA2022-01-08T00:36:33Z


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