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[ Volume 27 Number 2 October 2017 ]
 
   The Influence of Cognitive Structure and Task Structure on Creativity in a Military Context
  Bree L. Sandwith, David H. Cropley and Lisa J. Chantler
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Abstract :
Cognitive styles play an important role in creativity. Some styles may be more prevalent in certain vocations such as military service. Analyzing the relationship between Personal Need for Structure (PNS), task structure, and creativity in a military sample will further the understanding of military-related traits and their relationship with structure and creativity. In the current study, 77 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel (20 females) completed the PNS inventory and a series of either higher- or lower-structure military-related tasks. The results of this study suggest that a longer military career may be associated with greater mental flexibility, but that over-constraint in problem presentation may inhibit creativity. This is especially true for those with a high personal need for structure.

Key words : Creativity, Personal need for structure, Cognitive style, Structure, Military, Problem solving

 

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