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Do Working Memory Capacity and Cognitive Flexibility Predict Creative Thinking and Production?

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dc.contributor.advisor Thompson, James C Figueroa, Ivonne Janet
dc.creator Figueroa, Ivonne Janet 2018-10-21T19:17:24Z 2018-10-21T19:17:24Z 2017
dc.description.abstract Tests of divergent and convergent thinking are the most commonly used measures of creative potential, but less clear is whether divergent and convergent thinking predict creative production. Working memory capacity and cognitive flexibility are precursors to creative thought, but it remains is unclear whether they predict creative production. The purpose of this dissertation was to uncover relationships between five constructs: working memory capacity, cognitive flexibility, divergent thinking, convergent thinking, and creative production. 214 participants were recruited from George Mason University’s psychology subject pool (SONA) and performed 15 cognitive and creative tasks. Path models were conducted in a structural equations modeling framework to help uncover any nuanced relationships between the constructs. Cognitive flexibility and working memory capacity were found to predict creative thinking processes, but not creative production. Creative thinking processes also did not predict creative production. Implications are discussed.
dc.format.extent 74 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2017 Ivonne Janet Figueroa
dc.subject Cognitive psychology en_US
dc.subject cognitive flexibility en_US
dc.subject convergent thinking en_US
dc.subject creative production en_US
dc.subject creativity en_US
dc.subject divergent thinking en_US
dc.subject working memory capacity en_US
dc.title Do Working Memory Capacity and Cognitive Flexibility Predict Creative Thinking and Production?
dc.type Dissertation Ph.D. Psychology, Human Factors/Applied Cognition Concentration George Mason University

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