Odd Couplings: Effect of Dyadic Groups on Creativity
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Intimate creativity, as defined by Irving and Suzanne Sarnoff, involves two means of fulfillment in life, love and creativity. This research study looks at the interaction between intimate couples and creativity. Individuals in various psychology and educational psychology were recruited to participate with a partner. To participate they must bring in a romantic partner or a friend they have known for at least six months. The couples tested once with their partner and once with an impromptu partner on the Thinking Creatively with Sounds and Words. To measure cooperation and creative climate, after each TCSW administration, every individual was given the participative safety subscale of the Team Climate Inventory. The intimate partners performed significantly better than the impromptu pairs on the TCSW. Team climate had no significant role in the relationship between type of partner and TCSW score. One limitation of this study is the small sample size, and thus, calls for more research to determine the relevance of intimate partnerships in creative production.
Armstrong, Trey (2012). Odd Couplings: Effect of Dyadic Groups on Creativity. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from