How emotions influence the creative process with Dr. Zorana Ivcevic Pringle

Fueling Creativity in Education

Mar 14 2023 • 25 mins

Grab your coffee! We have an incredible double expresso about creativity and emotions. In this episode of the Fueling Creativity in Education podcast, Dr. Cyndi Burnett and Dr. Matthew Worwood welcome Dr. Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Ivcevic studies the role of emotions in creativity and well-being, as well as how to use the arts (and art-related institutions) to promote emotion and creativity skills.

In Part 1 of this discussion, you’ll learn how people engage in the creative process and the role emotions play in that process. Stay tuned for Part 2 to hear Zorana’s Tips for Teachers and Parents, as well as strategies for supporting students as they navigate the emotional side of creativity in the k-12 classroom.

Listen in as Zorana breaks down the three major factors attitudes people feel towards creativity: anticipating negative social consequences, internal anxiety, and the feeling that creativity is important to them. These attitudes about creativity can tell us about their creative behavior at school and how they approach schoolwork and creative projects.

“People weigh each of these things in their minds as they are deciding what to do with the ideas they might be having.” – Zorana Ivcevic Pringle

Zorana shares tips and advice for teachers who have students that are anxious towards creativity. Then, she talks about what Social Cognitive Theory can tell us about how self-efficacy supports creativity, especially in kids.

Plus, Zorana sheds light on how education systems are hindering teachers’ ability to facilitate creativity in the classroom and the need for greater policy change.

“This is what the leaders of the world economy are telling us, and of major organizations this is what we need, but there’s a disconnect from the world of educational priorities.”

– Zorana Ivcevic Pringle

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About Zorana Ivcevic Pringle:

Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Ivcevic studies the role of emotions in creativity and well-being, as well as how to use the arts (and art-related institutions) to promote emotion and creativity skills. She has served as Associate Editor of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving, and Creativity Research Journal. Her work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, ArtNet, US News, Education Week, Science Daily, El Pais, and others, and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and Creativity Post. Dr. Ivcevic received the Award for Excellence in Research from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation, the Berlyne Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement from the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, and has been elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

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