One of our lab’s interests is how situation-specific anxieties work in other domains. In partnership with Dr. Adam Green’s Creativity Neuroscience lab at Georgetown, we’re currently developing a scale for Creativity Anxiety, or “CrAnxiety” (we’ll see if the name sticks). Just as many people experience tension when faced with doing math, we hypothesize that many people experience tension when faced with doing a task they perceive as creative. We believe that a scale to measure CrAnxiety could have broad application, from being used as an important measure in creativity research to being used in classrooms to try to understand why some students may do completely fine when they have a step-by-step set of instructions to follow but begin to struggle when it’s time to use what they know to create something new.
Contact Author: Richard Daker