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Stressors and creativity in industrial design practice

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posted on 01.04.2019, 09:54 by John McCardleJohn McCardle, Samuel Dempsey, Max Humberstone
Current literature suggests that stress influences creativity, however further research is required concerning this relationship with a focus on education. Current views are clearly divided on whether any negative effects on creativity are more dictated by environmental stressors or the reactions of individuals whilst under stress. For this study, participants completed a questionnaire comprising of a perceived stress scale and thematic questions, to give an indication of whether they were more influenced by environmental stressors or their individual reactions to stress. Two Torrance tests of creativity were conducted to assess creativity over a two-week period as time pressures increased. The results suggested that participants who identified as being more affected by their own negative reactions to stress displayed a lower calibre of creativity when time-pressure increased, whereas the participants who were suggested to be more influenced by their environment remained at a relatively constant perceived level of creativity.

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  • Design

Published in

Conference proceedings of the Academy of Design and Innovation Management 2019: Research Perspectives In the era of Transformations

Pages

1414-1429

Citation

MCCARDLE, J., DEMPSEY, S. and HUMBERSTONE, M., 2019. Stressors and creativity in Industrial Design practice. Presented at the Academy of Design and Innovation Management, Loughborough Univesity London, 19-21st June.

Publisher

Design Research Society

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

12/03/2019

Publication date

2019

ISBN

9781912769018

ISSN

2632-0045

Language

en

Editor(s)

Erik Bohemia; Gerda Gemser Nuša; Fain Cees de Bont; Rita Assoreira Almendra

Location

Loughborough University London

Event dates

19-21st June