Hansika Kapoor

Hansika Kapoor
Monk Prayogshala · Department of Psychology

PhD (Psychology)

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Introduction
I study the behavioural and cognitive science of creativity, specifically dark creativity. Interested in personality, morality, ethics, and information exchange in the context of creativity. Also interested in studying mental health care in the Indian context, and conducting intensive research in cognitive, clinical, evolutionary and cross-cultural realms.
Additional affiliations
August 2019 - present
University of Connecticut
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Fulbright-Nehru Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for conducting research on “Creative resistance in learning environments: A person-situation perspective” with Prof. James C. Kaufman at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.
April 2014 - present
Monk Prayogshala
Position
  • Visiting Faculty
Description
  • Conduct workshops and training seminars on research software, research operations, and statistical reasoning.
October 2013 - January 2014
R.D. National College
Position
  • Visiting Faculty
Description
  • Took lectures in Research Methodology, Intervention Systems, Evolutionary Psychology, Personality Disorders and Multiculturalism. Was invited to conduct the viva voce prelim examinations for the Practicum paper in Clinical Psychology.
Education
August 2014 - August 2018
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Field of study
  • Cognitive Science
June 2012
University Grants Commission, India
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 2011 - August 2013
University of Mumbai
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology

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Publications (77)
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The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an abrupt change in routines and livelihoods all around the world. This public health crisis amplified a number of systemic inequalities that led to populations needing to grapple with universally difficult truths. Yet some individuals, firms, and countries displayed resilient and creative responses in coping with...
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The dark side of creativity entails using original thought to meet a selfish, negative, or evil goal, with or without the deliberate intent to harm others. Recent empirical advances have studied the behavioral correlates of such creativity, including associations with aggression, deception, and subclinical psychopathy. The time, therefore, seems ap...
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India witnessed a large surge in COVID-19 cases in April 2021, a second wave of nearly 350,000 daily new infections across the country. As of December 2021, cases have reduced drastically, in part due to greater vaccine coverage across the country. This study reports results on vaccine hesitancy, attitudes, and behaviors from an online survey condu...
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Creativity, and more recently dark creativity, have yet to be studied in relation to moral foundations, especially against the background of dark traits. This study identified moral foundations that predicted creativity, particularly malevolent creativity, after accounting for Dark Triad/Tetrad traits. Data (N = 529, Mage = 20.10 years, SD = 4.55)...
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The introductory chapter to Creativity and Morality outlines the relationship between the constructs, summarizing the AMORAL model of dark creativity (Kapoor & Kaufman, in press). Specifically, the Antecedents, Mechanisms (individual), Operants (environmental), Realization, Aftereffects, and Legacy of the creative action are theorized and described...
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Information sharing is often driven by social, legal, and financial incentives. To understand online information-sharing behaviour, the present study assessed whether incentivizing people to share “good” and factual content and disincentivizing the sharing of misinformation influenced information sharing. A mock social media platform was created wh...
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The measurement of human intelligence is a landmark accomplishment in psychology; yet this advance came with negative outcomes, such as social injustice. In this chapter, we explore the history of IQ test development with particular attention to the degree to which the early pioneers and later leaders viewed the malleability (or fixedness) of intel...
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The Dark Triad (DT) is associated with maladaptive interactions in their social and interpersonal relationships as well as defection in social situations. However, it is unclear how DT traits perceive helpfulness. We conducted a two part study to understand whether individuals high on DT traits are able to perceive help from others. DT traits were...
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Conversations about the internationalization of psychological science have occurred over a few decades with very little progress. Previous work shows up to 95% of participants in mainstream journal studies are from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic (WEIRD) nations. Similarly, a large proportion of authors are based in North Americ...
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This report documents the outcomes of an exploratory study of the child artists sector in Mumbai, India, with special reference to film and television artists. Specifically, the study aims to: 1. Provide a preliminary empirical estimate of the size of the child artists sector in M&E industry in Mumbai, India, and identify the various stakeholders...
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Students display resistance, including academic dishonesty, at all educational levels. In the present study, we qualitatively examined the extent and incidence of academic misbehaviors by 101 US college students (Mage = 22.98 years, SD = 6.70). Using a combination of self-reported closed- and open-ended questions, we developed a multi-faceted under...
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Background: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the nationally mandated lockdown has resulted in facility closures, decreased laboratory activities, and shifting to remote working. The effects of the pandemic have spread across all professions, including academia. Hence, the present study aims to understand the extent of the impact...
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Pokémon GO is a 2016 augmented reality (AR) video game requiring players to move around in the real world and catch Pokémon to complete their collection. Examining different gameplay styles and user psychology in AR games can provide important insights for gameplay design. As multiple self- and other-beneficial strategies can be used to advance in...
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Forming an optimal identity is a complex task for young people because it requires distinctive personal resources that are flexible and sensitive to their context. One of these resources, creativity, has been explored in recent psychological literature showing ambiguous relationships with identity development. The present study aims to investigate...
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In this paper, we explore the link between the likelihood of re-migration to cities and the perceived threat of contracting COVID-19 using data on male reverse migrant workers in India collected using a telephonic survey. Using a linear IV regression framework, we find that independent of duration of migration, individuals who perceive a positive c...
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The Dark Tetrad traits of psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, and sadism are associated with compromised morality and utilitarian decision-making. We examined the performance of people high on the Dark Tetrad traits on the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) within the context of utilitarian decision-making via moral dilemmas. As predicted, all the Dar...
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India witnessed a large surge in COVID-19 cases in April 2021, a second wave of nearly 350,000 daily new infections across the country. As of December 2021, cases have reduced drastically, in part due to greater vaccine coverage across the country. This study reports results on vaccine hesitancy, attitudes, and behaviors from an online survey condu...
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Political ideology reflects the way people conduct themselves in the social world, affecting their decisions and actions, including those pertaining to health care. The current study aimed to understand whether district-level partisanship affects mobility during COVID-19 in India, a pluralistic and multi-party country. The study used secondary data...
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The dark side of creativity entails using original thought to meet a selfish, negative, or evil goal, with or without the deliberate intent to harm others. Recent empirical advances have studied the behavioral correlates of such creativity, including associations with aggression, deception, and subclinical psychopathy. The time, therefore, seems ap...
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In this paper, we explore the link between the likelihood of re-migration to cities and the perceived threat of contracting COVID-19 using data on male reverse migrant workers in India collected using a telephonic survey. Using a linear IV regression framework, we find that independent of duration of migration, individuals who perceive a positive c...
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Conspiracy theories about the origins and purpose of the coronavirus pandemic were rampant in the early period of the pandemic. Further, there was a partisan flavor to these theories, including the seriousness of the effect of the virus. In the present study, we assessed whether conspiratorial blame mediates the relationship between political ideol...
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The relationship between ideology and partisanship is understudied in India. Using secondary data, we ask whether ideology predicts party preferences, and whether Indians can be clustered with respect to their ideological positions. To do so, we define ideology as differing along two dimensions: adherence to social norms and obedience to hierarchie...
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Conservatives are known to display smaller moral circles, have less empathy, and make utilitarian decisions. The present study aimed to understand the relationships between political ideology and empathetic concern (n = 513), and between ideology and moral decision-making (n = 210) in an inter-group setting, using an Indian sample. We measured trai...
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Given the high transmission rates of the COVID-19 virus, policies aim at the maximal adoption of preventative health behaviours (PHBs) such as mask-wearing and maintaining physical distance. Moral emotions, risk perception, and message frames have previously been shown to foster favourable PHBs during various pandemics. To investigate the factors a...
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The present study (N = 212; 150 females) examined the relationships between the Dark Triad, empathy, and emotion recognition in a cross-cultural sample. The Dark Triad, especially psychopathy, impeded cognitive empathy, which highlights their indifference towards others’ emotional states. Further, the Dark Triad and primary psychopathy, but not sec...
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This paper adapts existing theoretical frameworks of social norms and their interactions with laws to study the case of rule violations in Indian road traffic. Specifically, we look at the case where existing laws and rules are violated with such regularity that breaking the law becomes the social norm. We investigate this framework in the case of...
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Mainstream Hindi cinema, or Bollywood, has often clustered female characters into a finite number of gendered tropes, from damsels in distress, Hindu goddesses, virtuous wives and mothers, to vamps, molls, vindictive mothers-in-law, and justice-seeking avengers. Recently, women-centric cinema has attempted to depart from such stereotypical portraya...
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Students display resistance in the classroom in numerous ways, often in the form of academic misconduct. Some argue that resistance can reflect cleverness and creativity, rather than apathy. This investigation aimed to develop a psychometric tool to examine classroom resistance as well as identify individual and situational determinants of the same...
Presentation
Superheroes are distinguished from supervillains in their desire to engage in prosocial behavior, often guided by their moral beliefs. However, what happens when superheroes engage in immoral behavior? The present investigation sought to examine how individuals perceive moral transgressions committed by their favorite superhero/villain in a quasi-e...
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The victim’s decision to report a crime is generally dependent on the advice received from a confidant. The effects of a confidant’s relationship to victims and perpetrators on the advice given to report rape were investigated. Indian participants ( N = 418) read one of the seven scenarios of acquaintance rape as a confidant; the scenarios depicted...
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The Kaufman Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS; Kaufman, J. C. (2012). Counting the muses: Development of the Kaufman domains of creativity scale (K-DOCS). Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 6(4), 298-308. doi:10.1037/a0029751) is a self-report assessment of five creative domains: Everyday, Scholarly, Performance, Scientific, and...
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Norm enforcement may be important for resolving conflicts and promoting cooperation. However, little is known about how preferred responses to norm violations vary across cultures and across domains. In a preregistered study of 57 countries (using convenience samples of 22,863 students and non-students), we measured perceptions of the appropriatene...
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This study examined the relationship between worry and health behaviours using an online survey of 69,033 respondents from 32 countries. We hypothesized that past health behaviours predicted worry experienced, which in turn predicted future health behaviours, and included a metric of cultural distance from the US. Past behaviours such as maintainin...
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Secondary education around the world has been significantly disrupted by covid-19 . Students have been forced into new ways of independent learning, often using remote technologies, but without the social nuances and direct teacher interactions of a normal classroom environment. Using data from the School Attitudes Survey—which surveys students reg...
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Most work assessing political ideology and its underpinnings has used primarily western samples. Given India’s unique position as the world’s largest parliamentary democracy with a multiparty system, the present research aimed to develop a scale to measure political ideology in India. Pilot work indicated that the social and economic bifurcation of...
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In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 in 2020, several countries implemented lockdown procedures to varying degrees. This article sought to examine the extent to which country-level strictness, as measured by the Government Response Stringency Index (2020), moderated the relationship between certain cultural dimensions and estimates of national i...
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The influence of husband's alcohol consumption and that of women's empowerment has been largely studied separately in relation to the intimate partner violence (IPV) faced by women, which has hindered a nuanced understanding of gender-based violence in India. This study aimed to understand how husbands' alcohol consumption shapes the relationship b...
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The dark triad is associated with maladaptive interactions in their social and interpersonal relationships. Those with high levels of dark personality traits are also assumed to be defectors in social situations. However, it is unclear whether they are able to assess when others are being helpful to them. The present study aimed at understanding wh...
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Gratitude promotes prosociality and long-term reciprocal relationships. The Dark Triad is associated with maladaptive interactions in their social and interpersonal relationships. The present study aimed at understanding whether these individuals experience gratitude at state and trait levels, when presented with situations that differentially bene...
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Epistemic curiosity (EC) is the motive and need to seek knowledge. The present work entails validation of the English EC Scale translated in the Hindi language. Study 1 comprised confirmatory factor analysis of the Hindi scale using a sample of 223 bilingual Indians (143 females). The 10-item 2-factor structure with Interest and Deprivation subscal...
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Gratitude promotes prosociality and long-term reciprocal relationships. The Dark Triad is associated with maladaptive interactions in their social and interpersonal relationships. The present study aimed at understanding whether these individuals experience gratitude at state and trait levels, when presented with situations that differentially bene...
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The term “data” does not appear in J. P. Guilford’s (1950) APA presidential address, but in the 70 years since, data have been gathered on robust measures and correlates of creativity built upon various theories of how original thought comes to be among individuals and groups. Current trends across domains, ranging from healthcare to entertainment,...
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Reality television is a social experiment and interactions observed among contestants reflect a microcosm of real-life exchanges. In the present study, we inspected gossip in the eleventh season of Bigg Boss, an Indian reality show fashioned after UK’s Big Brother. Specifically, two independent raters coded the frequency of conversations, how many...
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A learning environment is one where learners (students) and facilitators (teachers) interact to meet a commonly defined goal, often transmitted from the latter to the former. Predominantly, these contexts are supportive and facilitate the development of academic and life skills. However, at times, there may be a display of resistance to learning du...
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Material and situational presses are associated with the generation of novel ideas. Contextual presses can facilitate or hinder the creative process, thereby affecting creative output. To investigate the extent to which positive and negative creativity are influenced by presses in creativity tasks, this study examined task effects on the valences o...
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Sanitation policies in India have primarily focused on infrastructure development, through building latrines and toilets. Given the persistence of open defecation in India despite such efforts, emphases on behavioral change interventions are crucial. We explore why and how the dual nature of purity and degradation in public and private spaces is re...
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We examined (N = 355; 250 women) how the Dark Tetrad traits (i.e., psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, and sadism) are associated with moral dilemmas and Moral Foundations. The Dark Triad traits were associated with utilitarian decision-making on moral dilemmas. Sadism did not provide incremental variance above the Dark Triad traits in accou...
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Negative creativity is using the creative process to meet a negative goal, without the deliberate intent to harm. This report investigates whether sex differences exist in the expression of negative creativity. Secondary data across four experiments (N = 641, 293 women) using divergent thinking tasks were compared for differences in positive and ne...
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Given the recent emphasis on exploring valence in creative behavior, this study examines negative creativity via a person–situation interactionist perspective. By manipulating goal valence (uses or misuses) and object valence (positive or negative), four conditions of an adapted Divergent Thinking task were used to predict positive and negative cre...
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Cognitive theory and naturalistic decision-making models were utilized to examine the relationship between thoughts, behaviours, and emotions in daily decision-making. An experimental survey using vignettes examined the effects of investment of cognitive and behavioural effort in hypothetical vignettes on emotional responses to uncertain negative o...
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While psychological literature is familiar with the study of individual creativity, macro-level creative industries and economies have been studied only recently. Indices like the Global Creativity Index (GCI) and the Global Innovation Index (GII) compile information of over 130 economies to provide a snapshot of their creative and innovative behav...
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Gossip is comprised of evaluative talk about absent others. Although such evaluations may be moral or non-moral, moral judgments often precede the transmission of gossip. This work explored the salience of moral and non-moral motivations to transmit gossip-like information. Two studies explored the relationships between the general tendency to goss...
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This paper experimentally investigates trust and trustworthiness in a repeated and sequential three-player trust game with probabilistic returns and information asymmetry. It adds to the existing literature by combining experimental features from recent work in the trust game. We use random variations in the multiplier value, a third player without...
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Drawing from literature associating superheroes with altruism, this study examined whether ordinary individuals engaged in altruistic or selfish behavior when they were hypothetically given superpowers. Participants were presented with six superpowers—three positive (healing, invulnerability, and flight) and three negative (fear inducement, psychic...
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Recent research has been investigating positive and negative valences of creativity; that is, using the creative process to meet positive and/or negative goals set by respective stakeholders. Given the past association between creativity and deception, this study examined whether deception was differentially related to these valences of creativity....
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Although the dark side of creativity and negative creativity are shaping into legitimate subconstructs, measures to assess the same remain to be validated. To meet this goal, two studies assessed the convergent, predictive, and criterion-related validities of two valence-inclusive creativity measures. One measure assessed the self-report endorsemen...
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This study aims to investigate intra-household bargaining outcomes elicited in an artefactual field experiment design where participants completed a purchase task of real commodities. Married couples separately expressed their initial preferences over commodities. The bargaining process in the experiment was exogenously introduced by sharing inform...
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The darker shades of creativity have recently attracted great interest because negative and malevolent creativity are found in multiple domains. It is easier to conceive of creative acts that meet negative goals as uncreative, primarily because of their immoral and unethical nature. However, a complete understanding of the creativity construct may...
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The current paper is a critical commentary on the existing conceptualization of Internet Addiction. Specifically, the paper highlights fallacies in perceiving Internet Addiction as a ‘traditional’ addiction disorder, as presented in the DSM-5. Instead, it is proposed that, akin to the nature of the Internet, this disorder is also multi-faceted and...
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The Bechdel test is a popular measure used to examine the adequacy of representation of women in movies, and other media. Although often applied to Hollywood movies, the test has rarely, if ever, been used to assess Hindi cinema. This paper adopts, adapts, and extends the original Bechdel test to scrutinise stereotypical, non-stereotypical, and typ...
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Negative creativity is shaping into a legitimate sub-construct of creativity. To meet the goal of studying it in conjunction with the Dark Triad, participants (N = 129, 88 Indians, 88 women, M age = 25.09 years, SD = 10.03) completed two creativity measures and three personality scales. The Alternate Uses Test (AUT) and a self-report Creativity mea...
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This study associates the subclinical dark triad (DT) of personality—narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, and their composite—with negative creativity. An instrument developed by the author assessed the likelihood of engaging in creativity, where negative creativity was defined as an act that is original and useful to the individual. The...
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Although swearing is taboo language, it frequently appears in daily conversations. To explain this paradox, two studies examined contextualized swearing in Indian and non- Indian participants. In Study 1, participants assessed the appropriateness of mild, moderate, and severe swears in casual and abusive contexts; in Study 2, participants completed...
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Creativity comprises of acts that are original and useful. However, this definition does not take into account the valences that creative acts can assume. This report presents arguments for the ability of the creative process to be used to meet positive and negative goals, culminating into two strands of creativity—positive and negative. First, bas...
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The aim of this study was to associate the Dark Triad of personality, comprising narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, and their composite, with negative creativity. The latter refers to that which is original and useful to the individual, which was measured via a constructed instrument assessing the likelihood of engaging in creativity. Th...
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A literature review concerning the applicability of Mandala and Digital art therapy techniques in India, as well as the world. Methodology included conducting face-to-face, as well as Skype interviews with professionals across the globe.
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A literature review exploring the psychological bases of creativity, and proposing social, cultural, and psychological influences on creative output. Here, creativity was evaluated in the domains of visual art (paintings, sculpture), music (across varied genres and artists) and literature (authors and poets).

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Hi,
I'd like to become eligible to apply to grants at the Experimental Psychology Society (https://eps.ac.uk/). I need to become a member of EPS for the same (which requires a nomination from two other current EPS members). Anyone in my network is an EPS member or can connect me to someone who is?
Many thanks!
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I'm trying to use virtual serial ports to configure the markers from my EPrime paradigm to EmotivPRO (the data recording application of the Emotiv EPOC headset). However, after configuring the virtual ports on both systems and making sure the respective COM ports are selected in EPrime and EmotivPRO, the latter still doesn't show the markers. Help?
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Hello,
I'm performing an EEG analysis using a creativity paradigm on BESA 6.0. I'd like to know if someone who knows the software can Skype with me to clarify some doubts concerning the analysis and its interpretation. If not, here are the details:
Paradigm: I am using a creativity paradigm, similar to Fink et al (2007). After presenting a fixation cue for 10s, the stimulus (which is a sentence) is presented for 15s. Then participants need to press a key before vocalising each response. The epoch of interest is [-250 to -1250s] before this keypress to measure creative ideation.
BESA Analysis: I require power estimates in the alpha and beta bands to analyse this data. I have done averaging of the epochs, but the FFT provides estimates of amplitude and frequency which seem skewed. For example, all frequency values end in .00 and when I compute an FFT Average, analyses give a constant value of 1.00 Hz for all 64 electrodes. Hence, I suspect that this is incorrect output, or that I am not interpreting it correctly.
I would like to know how I can obtain the numeric values of amplitude and frequency for each of the electrodes.
Thank you!
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My colleague and I are doing work in the area of prosocial and antisocial behaviour, through qualitative methods. For coding purposes, we came across a procial behaviour taxonomy in Bierhoff, H.-W. (2002). Prosocial Behaviour. Psychology Press. 
Since our project deals with antisocial behaviour (selfish, self-centric, hurtful, misbehaviours) as well, we wanted to check if there were a similar taxonomy of classification for such behaviours. References would be appreciated.
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I'm looking to review literature in the area of psychopathy and antisocial behaviour, studied using electrophysiological methods like EEG. Would appreciate some suggestions of Review papers.
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Recent research in the field of creativity has identified benevolent and malevolent forms of the creative act. Benevolent or positive creativity refers to the acts conventionally associated with artistic and scientific creativity. Malevolent creativity, on the other hand, is defined as the generation of creative ideas that are novel and useful to the individual creator(s), but are harmful to others and/or society as a whole. For instance, creating a novel way to rob a bank.
Thus, is malevolent creativity a credible construct to study? If yes, then how?

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This series of ‘Documentation of Best Practices’ is born out of EdelGive’s commitment to enhancing the knowledge and skills of its partners within this philanthropic ecosystem. The findings from this series have been used to aid the capacity building of EdelGive partner NGOs (through cross-learning); inform donors about existing best practices in the sector, thereby enabling them to optimise funding decisions, and to contribute to the existing knowledge on the development sector in India.
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Understanding the generalizability of the Epistemic Curiosity Scale to the Indian population, and examining the differences between Indians and Americans on curiosity-inducing factors.