Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An exploratory study on the relationship between creativity, religion, and religiosity
by Nguyen, Kim-lien T., M.A., San Jose State University, 2012, 53; 1528883
Abstract (Summary)

Religiosity and religion are often said to be negative influences on one's creativity level. Creativity and religiosity have been looked at as a single dimension, which is a simplistic view. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between creativity and religiosity using scales that measure each construct multidimensionally. Religiosity was measured by one's level of inclusion of transcendent reality and symbolic interpretation of religious content. Creativity was evaluated in terms of fluency, originality, elaboration, abstractness, and resistance to premature closure. It was predicted that participants who exhibit high inclusion of transcendence and literal interpretation of religious content would be correlated with lower creativity. Creativity levels of Buddhists and Christians were also compared. It was predicted that Buddhists would have higher creativity levels than Christians based on Buddhists teachings involving impermanence and mindfulness. Participants completed three drawing tasks and surveys pertaining to their personality. Christian participants completed an additional religiosity scale. The dimensions of religiosity were related to some of the different dimensions of creativity. However, no difference in creativity scores was found between Buddhists and Christians. The results indicated that the religion with which one identifies may not be as important as one's commitment to religion when creativity levels are examined.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feist, Gregory
Commitee: Danese, Jeffrey, Tokunaga, Howard
School: San Jose State University
Department: Psychology-Experimental
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Creativity, Religion, Religiosity
Publication Number: 1528883
ISBN: 9781267693136
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