Spring 2023

Creativity

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-208

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Faculty

Matthew Schulkind (Section 01)

Description

Students in this course will design and execute an original research project related to creativity. Psychologists have defined creative ideas as those that are original, useful, and surprising. Creativity can be observed in many contexts (e.g., the arts, science, athletics, politics, and business), and can refer both to ideas as well as the people and social environments that foster such ideas. The semester will begin with a careful reading of the literature which will help students develop individual research proposals; group projects will be selected from amongst these proposals. The rest of the semester will be devoted to conducting the group projects; this will include designing experimental procedures, developing stimuli, and data collection and analysis. Written and oral presentations will accompany each step in the process to enable students to receive and offer constructive feedback. The semester will culminate with oral and written presentations of the experimental projects.

Requisite: PSYC 122,  PSYC 135, or equivalent. Limited to 18 students.  Offered spring semester: Professor Schulkind.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to junior and sophomore Psychology majors in that order who have not completed the research methods requirement.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students will plan and execute a novel research project over the course of the semester. Group work will be required on a weekly basis both inside and outside of class. Students will have to read original journal articles, complete short writing assignments (approximately every week), and make oral presentations to the class 3-4 times per semester. There will be a final oral presentation to the class and a final paper which will be synthesized from the writing assignments completed during the semester.

Offerings

2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023