Teams regularly generate creative solutions to complicated problems. Little research, however, addresses the process of team creativity; in part, because of the difficulty in measuring creative processes within teams. Our research proposes to demonstrate that patterns of language usage occurring during team interactions can be used as indicators of creative behavior. Previous studies indicate that variation in creativity can be explained by linguistic features. This current study aims to replicate previous findings (Foster & Murfin, 2016) using the creative behaviors of problem finding/formulation; information gathering; ideation; and idea evaluation. Participants in 43, three-person groups completed two intellective, problem-solving scenarios, rank ordering objects for their importance. Verbal interaction was collected by video recording and transcription. Transcripts will be analyzed using Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) software (Pennebaker, Booth, & Frances, 2007). Relationships between coded creative behavior and linguistic patterns will be examined. Current progress and future directions will be discussed.
Hess, Grant; Hoffmann, Madison; Montoya, Morgan; and Young, Gianna, "Speaking of Creativity: How Language Usage Patterns Affect Group Creativity" (2020). Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings. 219.
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