The relationship between stressors and creativity: a meta-analysis examining competing theoretical models.

@article{Byron2010TheRB,
  title={The relationship between stressors and creativity: a meta-analysis examining competing theoretical models.},
  author={Kris Byron and Shalini Khazanchi and Deborah Nazarian},
  journal={The Journal of applied psychology},
  year={2010},
  volume={95 1},
  pages={
          201-12
        }
}
Competing theoretical models and equivocal evidence leave unanswered questions regarding stressors' effect on creativity. The present meta-analysis of 76 experimental studies (including 82 independent samples) aims to clarify this association and identify factors that may explain differences between studies. Our results suggest that the effect of stressors on creative performance depends on how stress-inducing the stressor is and what type of stress is induced. We found a curvilinear… Expand

Figures, Tables, and Topics from this paper

Paper Mentions

Workplace duties or opportunities? Challenge stressors, regulatory focus, and creativity
Previous research has produced contradictory findings about the impact of challenge stressors on individual and team creativity. Based on the challenge–hindrance stressors framework (LePine,Expand
Stressors and creativity in Industrial Design practice
  • J. McCardle
  • Psychology
  • Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management
  • 2019
Current literature suggests that stress influences creativity, however further research is required concerning this relationship with a focus on education. Current views are clearlydivided on whetherExpand
Who Responds Creatively to Role Conflict? Evidence for a Curvilinear Relationship Mediated by Cognitive Adjustment at Work and Moderated by Mindfulness
This study aims to clarify to what extent, how and under what conditions role conflict is positively related to employee creativity. Drawing on activation theory and conservation of resources theory,Expand
Goal Difficulty and Creative Performance: The Mediating Role of Stress Appraisal
ABSTRACT We investigated whether the effect of goal difficulty on creativity may be clarified by examining how people appraise their working conditions. In an experiment, 157 undergraduate studentsExpand
Stress and Creativity
This article reviews research on the link between stress and creativity. It does so within the context of two general lines of research, namely the research on affect-related traits and creativityExpand
Effects of stress and co-rumination on creativity and performance
EFFECTS OF STRESS AND CO-RUMINATION ON CREATIVITY AND PERFORMANCE By Subha Govindarajan Stress is shown to have a negative impact on individuals, organizations, and society at large. Though researchExpand
Promotion/prevention focus and creative performance: Is it moderated by evaluative stress?
Abstract Previous research has produced contradictory findings about the impact of regulatory focus on individual creativity, particularly for a prevention focus. These studies focused on howExpand
Rewards and creative performance: a meta-analytic test of theoretically derived hypotheses.
TLDR
The results suggest that creativity-contingent rewards tend to increase creative performance-and are more positively related to creative performance when individuals are given more positive, contingent, and task-focused performance feedback and are provided more choice (and are less controlled). Expand
Creativity in Men and Women: Threat, Other-Interest, and Self-Assessment
Previous research into gender and creativity has provided little evidence for consistent differences between men and women in creative performance. This research revisits this topic by proposing aExpand
A Meta-Analytic Investigation of the Relationship of State and Trait Anxiety to Performance on Figural and Verbal Creative Tasks
TLDR
The authors’ meta-analytic investigation of 59 independent samples finds that anxiety is significantly and negatively related to creative performance, and provides insights into factors such as task complexity, type of task, and type of anxiety that moderate the relationship between anxiety and creativity. Expand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 140 REFERENCES
The interactive effects of extraversion and arousal on performance: Are creativity tests anomalous?
Abstract Existing research on extraversion and creativity test performance raises several problems. Reported linear associations between extraversion and creativity are inconsistent with each other.Expand
The curvilinear relation between experienced creative time pressure and creativity: moderating effects of openness to experience and support for creativity.
TLDR
Results showed an inverted U-shaped creative time pressure-creativity relation for employees who scored high on openness to experience while simultaneously receiving support for creativity. Expand
The Relationship between the Interaction of Two Anxiety Variables and Creative Production
It is evident that educators and industrial psychologists alike recognize the effect that situational climate may have upon creative production. The present study will, hopefully, contribute someExpand
Effects of social-psychological factors on creative performance: the role of informational and controlling expected evaluation and modeling experience.
TLDR
Support is found for Cognitive Evaluation Theory's primary intervening cognitive process of locus of causality mediating the relationship between evaluation and intrinsic motivation andIntrinsic motivation was not found to mediate the relationshipbetween evaluation and creativity, and possible explanations are discussed. Expand
Creativity and Perceived Stress of Female Music Therapists and Hobbyists
Anecdotal and theoretical accounts suggest that creativity may reduce stress and enhance coping ability. We therefore hypothesized that higher levels of creativity would be associated with lowerExpand
The Effects of Working Atmospheres on Creativity.
Abstract Rand, G. & Rand, P. The Effects of Working Atmospheres on Creativity. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research 22, 91‐106. Previous studies on effects of variations in working atmosphereExpand
Gender Differences in the Effects of Extrinsic Motivation on Creativity
Four studies were conducted to assess gender differences in the effects of extrinsic motivation on creativity. The first study replicated an earlier one (Baer, 1997) in which expectation ofExpand
Acute stressors and cortisol responses: a theoretical integration and synthesis of laboratory research.
TLDR
Motivated performance tasks elicited cortisol responses if they were uncontrollable or characterized by social-evaluative threat (task performance could be negatively judged by others), when methodological factors and other stressor characteristics were controlled for. Expand
Defining and measuring creativity: Are creativity tests worth using?
Creativity tests measure specific cognitive processes such as thinking divergently, making associations, constructing and combining broad categories, or working on many ideas simultaneously. TheyExpand
The relationships between intelligence, personality and creativity under two conditions of stress.
  • G. Leith
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The British journal of educational psychology
  • 1972
TLDR
The results indicate that the number and originality of responses is greater in the stressful condition and that there is a disordinal interaction of both extraversion and anxiety with stress. Expand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...