Event Title

The Effects of Exclusion and Inclusion on Creativity

Location

Auditorium Hallway

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Previous research has shown that people who feel excluded are more vulnerable to social influence, which often leads them to form attitudes toward future interaction with other partners (Ijzerman et al., 2014). Likewise, participants who experienced social exclusion developed attitudes similar to those who had not experienced social exclusion (Amabile & Pillemer, 2012). The purpose of the current investigation is to determine whether social exclusion leads to an increase in relational creativity as a compensation mechanism to regain warmth or whether inclusion is associated with an increase in referential creativity. Participants will be directed to a Qualtrics survey and randomly assigned to an exclusion and inclusion group. All participants will complete 3 different creativity tasks within the survey: Remote Associate Test (RAT), pasta naming, and category inclusion task. Results are expected to show that inclusion will increase relational creativity and exclusion will increase referential creativity. The relevance of the study is to understand and support existing research on exclusion and inclusion and their impact on creativity.

Faculty Sponsor

Maureen Erber, Northeastern Illinois University

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May 6th, 12:00 PM

The Effects of Exclusion and Inclusion on Creativity

Auditorium Hallway

Previous research has shown that people who feel excluded are more vulnerable to social influence, which often leads them to form attitudes toward future interaction with other partners (Ijzerman et al., 2014). Likewise, participants who experienced social exclusion developed attitudes similar to those who had not experienced social exclusion (Amabile & Pillemer, 2012). The purpose of the current investigation is to determine whether social exclusion leads to an increase in relational creativity as a compensation mechanism to regain warmth or whether inclusion is associated with an increase in referential creativity. Participants will be directed to a Qualtrics survey and randomly assigned to an exclusion and inclusion group. All participants will complete 3 different creativity tasks within the survey: Remote Associate Test (RAT), pasta naming, and category inclusion task. Results are expected to show that inclusion will increase relational creativity and exclusion will increase referential creativity. The relevance of the study is to understand and support existing research on exclusion and inclusion and their impact on creativity.