The effect of noise distractions on creativity

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Date
5/3/2018
Keywords
Student Showcase of Research & Engagement 2018
Authors
Linscott, Jeramiah
Lenning, Alyssa
Bony, Karissa
Gagne, Brittany
Description
The current experiment seeks to further our understanding of how external stimuli influences creativity. Twenty participants were asked to create a list of unique alternative uses for a 4' by 3' steel trash can and any potential problems corresponding with each use within a 6 minute period. Randomly, 10 of those participants were exposed to an unpredictable audible stressor in the form of a ringtone. To measure creativity, we looked at the number of listed unique uses and potential problems corresponding with each use that participants came up with and also evaluated their creativity with the Creative Behavior Inventory. We predict that participants exposed to an audible stressor would be less creative than those not exposed to audible stressors. Preliminary results will be presented.
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