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Conceptual expansion and creative imagery as a function of psychoticism.
Conscious Cogn 2005; 14(3):520-34CC

Abstract

The ability to be creative is often considered a unique characteristic of conscious beings and many efforts have been directed at demonstrating a relationship between creativity and the personality construct of psychoticism. The present study sought to investigate this link explicitly by focusing on discrete facets of creative cognition, namely the originality/novelty dimension and the practicality/usefulness dimension. Based on Eysenck's conceptualisation of psychoticism as being characterised by an overinclusive cognitive style, it was expected that higher levels of psychoticism would accompany a greater degree of conceptual expansion and elevated levels of originality in creative imagery, but would be unrelated to the practicality/usefulness of an idea. These hypotheses were confirmed in 80 healthy participants who were contrasted based on their EPQ psychoticism scale scores. Our findings suggest that the link between psychoticism and creativity is based on associative thinking and broader but weak top-down activation patterns rather than on goal-related thinking.

Authors+Show Affiliations

International Graduate School for Neuroscience (IGSN), Ruhr University, 44780 Bochum, Germany. anna.abraham@rub.deNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15925521

Citation

Abraham, Anna, et al. "Conceptual Expansion and Creative Imagery as a Function of Psychoticism." Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 14, no. 3, 2005, pp. 520-34.
Abraham A, Windmann S, Daum I, et al. Conceptual expansion and creative imagery as a function of psychoticism. Conscious Cogn. 2005;14(3):520-34.
Abraham, A., Windmann, S., Daum, I., & Güntürkün, O. (2005). Conceptual expansion and creative imagery as a function of psychoticism. Consciousness and Cognition, 14(3), pp. 520-34.
Abraham A, et al. Conceptual Expansion and Creative Imagery as a Function of Psychoticism. Conscious Cogn. 2005;14(3):520-34. PubMed PMID: 15925521.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Conceptual expansion and creative imagery as a function of psychoticism. AU - Abraham,Anna, AU - Windmann,Sabine, AU - Daum,Irene, AU - Güntürkün,Onur, PY - 2004/07/01/received PY - 2004/12/02/revised PY - 2004/12/31/accepted PY - 2005/6/1/pubmed PY - 2005/12/24/medline PY - 2005/6/1/entrez SP - 520 EP - 34 JF - Consciousness and cognition JO - Conscious Cogn VL - 14 IS - 3 N2 - The ability to be creative is often considered a unique characteristic of conscious beings and many efforts have been directed at demonstrating a relationship between creativity and the personality construct of psychoticism. The present study sought to investigate this link explicitly by focusing on discrete facets of creative cognition, namely the originality/novelty dimension and the practicality/usefulness dimension. Based on Eysenck's conceptualisation of psychoticism as being characterised by an overinclusive cognitive style, it was expected that higher levels of psychoticism would accompany a greater degree of conceptual expansion and elevated levels of originality in creative imagery, but would be unrelated to the practicality/usefulness of an idea. These hypotheses were confirmed in 80 healthy participants who were contrasted based on their EPQ psychoticism scale scores. Our findings suggest that the link between psychoticism and creativity is based on associative thinking and broader but weak top-down activation patterns rather than on goal-related thinking. SN - 1053-8100 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15925521/Conceptual_expansion_and_creative_imagery_as_a_function_of_psychoticism_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1053-8100(05)00003-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -