Title

The Prosocial psychopath: Linking creativity and psychopathy through heart rate

Date of Publication

2014

Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology

Subject Categories

Psychology

College

College of Liberal Arts

Department/Unit

Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Adrianne John Galang

Defense Panel Member

Ivan Jacob Pesigan

Abstract/Summary

This study aimed to establish the link between psychopathy and creativity- assessed using self-reports and divergent thinking tasks- through physiological responses to aversive and neutral stimuli. The Somatic Marker Hypothesis (SMH Damaso, 1994) was given emphasis as one possible explanation in investigating the link between the two constructs (Galang, 2010-2014). Accordingly, the SMH holds that creative people and psychopathic people are both less affected by norms and are therefore less likely to conform and to behave as society would expect. For this study, creativity was assessed through the Creativity Achievement Questionnaire (CAQ Carson, 2005), the Compound Remote Associates Task (CRAT Bowden & Jung-Beeman, 2003), and two divergent thinking tasks that required the participants to think unusual uses of spoon and to think of instances of objects that float. Psychopathy, on the other hand, was assessed through the Dark-Triad – Short (SD3) Psychopathy Subscale (Paulhus, 2013). The sample consisted of 89 college students. Multiple regression and correlational analyses affirmed that psychopathy and creativity were indeed related as found by Castelo et al. (2024), however, no other significant findings were in line with the study's hypotheses. Further recommendations were made on possible improvements to conduct better studies in future.

Abstract Format

html

Language

English

Format

Print

Accession Number

TU20237

Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F, Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

94 leaves ; 28 cm.

Keywords

Antisocial personality disorders; Psychopaths

Embargo Period

1-27-2022

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