Stimulated by Novelty? The role of Psychological Needs and Perceived Creativity

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Abstract

In the current research we aimed to address the inconsistent finding in the brainstorming literature that cognitive stimulation sometimes results from novel input, yet other times from non-novel input. We expected and found, in three experiments, that the strength and valence of this relationship is moderated by people's psychological needs for structure and autonomy. Specifically, the effect of novel input (vs. non-novel input), through perceived creativity, on cognitive stimulation was stronger for people who were either low in need for structure or high in need for autonomy. Also, when the input people received did not fit their needs, they experienced less psychological cognitive stimulation from this input (i.e., less task enjoyment and feeling more blocked) compared with when they did not receive any input. Hence, to create the ideal circumstances for people to achieve cognitive stimulation when brainstorming, input novelty should be aligned with their psychological needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-867
Number of pages17
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2018

Keywords

  • brainstorming
  • cognitive stimulation
  • creativity
  • Need for structure
  • need for autonomy
  • IDEA GENERATION
  • COGNITIVE STIMULATION
  • PRODUCTIVITY LOSS
  • PERSONAL NEED
  • DUAL PATHWAY
  • PERFORMANCE
  • MODEL
  • CONCEPTUALIZATION
  • MOTIVATION
  • DIVERSITY

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