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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17167

Title: The Role of Function, Homogeneity and Syntax in Creative Performance on the Uses of Objects Task
Authors: Forster, Evelyn
Advisor: Dunbar, Kevin
Department: Psychology
Keywords: latent semantic analysis
syntax
creativity
Issue Date: 24-Feb-2009
Abstract: The Uses of Objects Task is a widely used assessment of creative performance, but it relies on subjective scoring methods for evaluation. A new version of the task was devised using Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA), a computational tool used to measure semantic distance. 135 participants provided as many creative uses for as they could for 20 separate objects. Responses were analyzed for strategy use, category switching, variety, and originality of responses, as well as subjective measure of creativity by independent raters. The LSA originality measure was more reliable than the subjective measure, and values averaged over participants correlated with both subjective evaluations and self-assessment of creativity. The score appeared to successfully isolate the creativity of the people themselves, rather than the potential creativity afforded by a given object.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17167
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