The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome
Tim George, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Union College
for a public lecture entitled
Thinking, Old and New: Experimental Investigations of Creative Cognition
Thursday, April 22, 2021
1:10 - 2:25 via Zoom (ID: 832 634 7213)
This talk will discuss investigations of the cognitive mechanisms supporting creative thought. When prompted to generate novel ideas, mental fixation can easily arise because the information that comes to mind most readily is typically the least original. A central question of my research is how to reduce the negative influence of obvious ideas. One set of experiments investigates the conditions under which exposure to example ideas either stimulates or hinders originality. Another more recent branch of metacognitive research explores factors that inflate one’s confidence in future creative problem solving performance. This recent work includes studies demonstrating that bullshit receptivity (the tendency to misperceive meaningless statements as profound) is associated with inflated confidence, but decreased performance, on creative problem solving tasks.