Effects of personality and threat of evaluation on divergent and convergent thinking

Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Reichenbacher, Lisa. 2008. Effects of personality and threat of evaluation on divergent and convergent thinking. Journal of Research in Personality, 42(4), pp. 1095-1101. ISSN 00926566 [Article]

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This study explores the effects of the Big Five personality traits and threat of evaluation on divergent and convergent thinking in a sample of 82 UK students. Results showed that Openness and Extraversion predicted divergent thinking under both threat of evaluation and no evaluation, whilst Neuroticism correlated significantly with divergent thinking (negatively) only under threat of evaluation. However, mediational analysis showed that the effects of Neuroticism on divergent thinking under threat of evaluation were fully accounted for by Extraversion. Thus neurotics’ divergent thinking was significantly more impaired because they were more introverted. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2007.12.007

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

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2008Published

Item ID:

5027

Date Deposited:

01 Mar 2011 14:37

Last Modified:

06 Jun 2016 15:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5027

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