Brittany Wright

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Honors Thesis


Group creativity and collaboration are imperative in a society in which social networking and group business solutions are so prominent. However, one factor to consider is the possibility that both political ideology and diversity hinder group processes. The present research seeks to better understand large group creativity as well as group relations regarding political orientation. Sixty participants were recruited through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk system and were placed into groups of twenty. These groups completed a survey regarding political orientation, creativity, and a brief personality inventory. Participants were then asked to generate at least five unique ideas on environmentally sustainable practices and were instructed to facilitate conversation amongst other group members. Ultimately, the results indicated that there was a positive relationship between political orientation and novelty, and there was a trending negative correlation between political ideas generated and political orientation. The present results are relevant because of the current political atmosphere.

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