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Sr Lecturer, current Co-Course Leader MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at Buckinghamshire New University. Main research focus: flow experience and creativity. Postdoc research on design creativity and assessment in interdisciplinary and international collaborations. Other interests include: positive psychology, STE(A)M (i.e., STEM + Arts), design cognition, altered/exceptional states, parapsychology, art therapy/integration into health and education, motivation and attention.
January 2017 - present
- Module leader on various MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) modules, undergraduate teaching support, student supervision at all levels, undergraduate - PhD students, member of ethics review boards.
Sketching is considered by artists and designers to be a vital tool in the creative process. However, research shows that externalisation during the creative process (i.e., sketching) is not necessary to create effectively. This study examines whether sketching may play a more important role in the subjective experience of creativity by facilitatin...
Flow (being in the zone) is purported to have positive consequences in terms of affect and performance; however, there is no empirical evidence about these links in visual creativity. Positive affect often-but inconsistently-facilitates creativity, and both may be linked to experiencing flow. This study aimed to determine relationships between thes...
This chapter reviews both qualitative and experimental research, arguing that some theories surrounding flow are potentially contradictory to theories of creativity. Dual-process thought systems and hypofrontality theories are discussed in relation to creativity and flow, highlighting omissions in research to date, and the need for further empirica...
Amabile’s Consensual Assessment Technique (CAT) - taking the subjective consensus opinions of domain experts to assess the creative merit of a product - is considered the ’gold standard’ for assessment of creativity for the purposes of research. Some of the CAT’s biggest strengths are its intuitive simplicity and its adaptability to a wide variety...
1 This is a pre-print version of an invited book chapter written and accepted for publication in the soon-to-be-published (EDP late 2022) peer-reviewed Routledge International Handbook of Creative Cognition, L. J. Ball and F. Vallée-Tourangeau (Eds.). Please cite this chapter as follows: Cseh, G. M. (in press). Of night and light and the half-light...
The Thrills and Anxieties of Uncertainty: Paradoxes and Motivators of Flow in Visual Creativity Genevieve M. Cseh Csikszentmihalyi argues that flow is fundamental to human progress through its motivational effects on innovation. Flow and creativity may be linked especially by two perplexing and paradoxical aspects of flow theory explored in less...
The annual Applied Positive Psychology Symposium dates back to the inaugural symposium held in May 2015, designed as an opportunity for the first cohort of graduates of the MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at Bucks to present their completed dissertation work to a wider audience, and prepare papers for the symposium’s Proceedings. Since then,...
Virtual Reality (VR) offers exciting new opportunities for teaching psychology, such as the chance to explore questions, phenomena, perspectives and experiences it would be difficult or impossible to observe in the real world or classroom. As VR technology develops, its potential to provide a multi-modal sensory experience may lead to even more imm...
Amabile's consensual assessment technique (CAT)-taking the consensus opinions of domain experts-is considered a "gold standard" of creativity assessment for research purposes. While several studies have identified how specific procedural choices impact the CAT's reliability as a measure, researchers' depth of knowledge about procedures and their ef...
Amabile's Consensual Assessment Technique (CAT) – taking the consensus opinions of domain experts – is considered a 'gold standard' of creativity assessment for research purposes. While several studies have identified how specific procedural choices impact on the CAT's reliability as a measure, researchers’ depth of knowledge about procedures and t...
Proceedings of papers presented at Applied Positive Psychology Symposium at Bucks New University, Saturday 2nd June 2018.
Proceedings of papers presentaed at the 3rd Applied Positive Psychology Symposium at Bucks New University, Saturday 20th May 2017
Observations of artists engaged in the creative process were the original inspiration for Csikszentmihalyi’s development of flow (the experience of being ’in the zone’) theory, and led to a componential model of flow antecedents and experiential outcomes. However, some of the components purported to facilitate flow - particularly unambiguous feedba...
As a 'gold standard' creativity assessment method, it is important to reflect on the digital future of Amabile's Consensual Assessment Technique (CAT). Over the past three decades, the CAT has given creativity researchers a formal tool on which to build a true science out of the subjective phenomenon of creativity in a vast range of domains. Resear...
Invited article for the Societá Italiana di Psicologia Positiva (Italian Positive Psychology Society)’s Newsletter, July 2015, on the causal relationship between flow and creative performance, and future directions in flow-creativity research (Translated into Italian by Marta Bassi).
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a separate paper, but a presentation I did at the APA convention based on research conducted as part of my PhD. The PhD dissertation is available on request and much of this research has been published already in the 2016 Consciousness & Cognition article, 'Mental and perceptual feedback in the development of creative flow'...
I have a student who has collected observation data of distraction behaviours (using a checklist of behaviours) in autistic children under three music/sound conditions - this is repeated measures. She wants to compare total distraction behaviours amongst the three conditions in general. Initially I thought Chi-squared, but as it's repeated measures, thought McNemar, but then 3 conditions so now I don't know.... which test does this need?
However, then she also wants to see whether different 'types' of distraction behaviours are affected differently by the sound conditions. The checklist has been divided into categories based on 'types' of distraction. She would therefore be looking to run the above test on each of these categories to determine how they are each affected by the sound conditions, and then compare results of tests between these different 'types' of distraction to test for significant differences. Is there a test that can do this comparison?
Can anyone recommend a good, science-focused conference to attend, dealing specifically with the topic of creativity? Anywhere in the world is fine, but it will need to be one that is convening within the next year.
We are aiming to develop an accessible, fully customizable digital rating platform to vastly facilitate and help standardise the rating procedure for Amabile's (1982/1996) Consensual Assessment Technique. A basic prototype has been built (Cseh, 2014), but we are hoping to expand upon this and are currently seeking funding to enable the continued development to proceed.
Assessing whether there are significant skills gaps between graduating from a graphic design programme and competence within graduates' first employment in graphic design, which skills are perceived to be missing, and why this might occur.