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Pace Institute for Creativity

The goal of the Pace Institute for Creativity (PIC) is primarily to promote understanding of the nature of creativity using a cross disciplinary approach. The PIC investigates the role of creativity in people’s lives, and explore factors that contribute to the achievement of creative potential in different domains, including school, workplace and daily problem solving. Additionally, PIC members are involved in designing programs aimed at enhancing creativity in different contexts.

  • Barbot, B. (in press). Creativity and Self-Esteem in Adolescence: A Study of their Domain-Specific, Multivariate Relationships. The Journal of Creative Behavior. Access journal

    Barbot, B. (in press). Measuring Creativity Change and Development. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

    Barbot, B. & Eff, H. (in press). The Genetic Basis of Creativity: A Multivariate Approach. In J.C. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (2nd Ed.). Cambridge University Press.

    Barbot, B. & Guignard, J-H. (in press). Evaluating Imagination in 1900: Alfred Binet. In V.P. Glaveanu (Ed.), The Creativity Reader. Oxford University Press.

    Barbot, B., Hass, R.W., & Reiter-Palmon, R. (in press). Creativity Assessment in Psychological Research: (re)Setting the Standards. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

    Glaveanu, V.P., Hanchett Hanson, M., Baer, J., Barbot, B., Clapp, E., Corazza, G., Hennessey, B., Karwowski, M., Kaufman, J., Lebuda, I., Lubart, T., Montuori, A., Ness, I., Plucker, J., Reiter-Palmon, R., Sierra, Z., Simonton, D.K., Souza Neves, M., & Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Advancing Creativity Theory and Research: A Sociocultural Manifesto. The Journal of Creative Behavior.

    Myszkowski, N., & Storme, M. (in press). Judge Response Theory? A call to upgrade our psychometrical account of creativity judgements. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

    Niu, W. (In press). Intelligence in worldwide perspective: A 10-year’s update. In S. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.) Cambridge handbook of intelligence. New York: Cambridge University Press.

    Reiter-Palmon, R., Forthmann, B., & Barbot, B. (in press). Scoring Divergent Thinking Tests: A Review and Systematic Framework. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts

    2019

    Myszkowski, N. (2019). The first glance is the weakest: “Tasteful” individuals are slower to judge visual art. Personality and Individual Differences, 141, 188–195. Access journal

    2018

    Barbot, B. (2018). “Generic” Creativity as a Predictor or Outcome of Identity Development?. Creativity: Theories-Research-Applicati­­ons, 5(2), 159-164. Access journal

    Barbot, B. (2018). The Dynamics of Creative Ideation: Introducing a New Assessment Paradigm. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2529. Access journal

    Barbot, B., & Webster, P.R. (2018). Creative Thinking in Music. In T. Lubart (Ed.), The Creative Process: Perspectives from multiple domains. (pp. 255-273). Palgrave Macmillan, UK. Access journal

    Myszkowski, N., Çelik, P., & Storme, M. (2018). A meta-analysis of the relationship between intelligence and visual “taste” measures. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 12(1), 24–33. Access journal

    Niu, W. (2018). Eastern and western views of creativity. In S. Kaufman & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.) Cambridge handbook of Creativity. New York: Cambridge University Press

    2017

    Barbot, B., & Heuser, B. (2017). Creativity and Identity Formation in Adolescence: a Developmental Perspective. In M. Karwowski & J. C. Kaufman (Eds.), The Creative Self. (pp. 87-98). London: Academic Press. Access journal

    Niu, W., Zhou, Z., & Zhou, X. (2017). Understanding Chinese approach to teaching creatively in mathematics classroom. ZDM – Mathematics Education, 49, 1-9. Access journal

    Myszkowski, N., & Storme, M. (2017). Measuring “Good Taste” with the Visual Aesthetic Sensitivity Test-Revised (VAST-R). Personality and Individual Differences, 117, 91–100. Access journal

    Storme, M., Lubart, T., Myszkowski, N., Cheung, P. C., Tong, T., & Lau, S. (2017). A cross‐cultural study of task specificity in creativity. The Journal of Creative Behavior, 51(3), 263–274. Access journal

    Tinio, P.P.L & Barbot, B. (2017). Purposeful Fulfillment of Creative Potential. In R.A. Beghetto & B. Sriraman (Eds.) Creative Contradiction in Education: Cross disciplinary paradoxes and perspectives (pp. 115-128). The Netherlands: Springer.

  • 2018

    Barbot, B. (2018, August). Creativity Assessment 2.0: introducing a new web-based assessment platform. Paper presented at the 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Barbot, B. (2018, August). Imagination and Mind-Wandering: a theoretical framework and nomological network analysis. In Beaty, R., & Barbot, B., “Is the Wandering Mind a Creative Mind? Exploring Links Between Mind Wandering, Daydreaming, and Creativity”. Symposium at the 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Barbot, B. (2018, March). Measuring the Dynamics of Creative Ideation: Development of a New Assessment Paradigm. Paper presented at the 4th meeting of the Society for the Neurosciences of Creativity (SfNC), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

    Heuser, B., Saliani, D., & Barbot, B. (2018, August). Virtual Reality Experience: A Psychological Tool to Enhance Empathy. Poster presented at the 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Lowinger, I., Piering, K., Myszkowski, N. & Barbot, B. (2018, August). Measuring Parenting and Creativity: Comparing the Methods. 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Myszkowski, N. (2018, August). Using Item-Response Theory for an actual account of judge variability in creativity judgments. 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Niu, W. (2018, November). Understanding the Needham’s puzzle: Lessons learned from half century’s research to creativity from the Chinese societies. Keynote speech at the 2nd Annual Convention of Global Association of Chinese Creativity, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    Piering K., & Barbot, B. (2018, August). Creative thinking and expression of court-involved youth. In L.A. Vitulano (Chair) “Multiple perspectives on court-involved youth: A new lens to inform policy and practice.” Symposium at the 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Piering, K., Zaccario, M., & Barbot, B. (2018, August). Satisfaction With Life Through Sickness and in Health: Creativity and Parenting on Identity Development. Poster presented at the 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Qian, M., Yang, R., & Barbot, B. (2018, August). Does Engagement in STEM-related Activities Promote Middle School Students' Creativity Development? Poster presented at the 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Qian, M., Yang, R., & Barbot, B. (2018, August). Measuring Creativity: Self-assessment, Teacher Ratings or Divergent Thinking tests? Poster presented at the 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

    Rogh, W., Theurer, C., Berner, N., Lipowsky, F. & Barbot, B. (2018, May). On the application of different creativity tests in KuBiK. Poster presented at the UK Creativity Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent.

    2017

    Barbot, B. (2017, October). The Dynamics of Creative Ideation: Development of a New Assessment Paradigm. Paper presented at the Creativity and Innovation Conference, Radboud University, Nijmegen.

    Barbot, B. (2017, August). Differential Contribution of Domain-Specific Self-Esteem to Domain-Specific Creativity. Paper presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Barbot, B. (2017, August). Dimensions of Imagination: The underlying structure of 81 constructs related to Imagination. Paper presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Barbot, B. (2017, August). Measuring creativity in development. Daniel E. Berlyne Award (Div 10.) presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Heuser, B, Mourgues C., Zenasni, F. & Barbot, B. (2017, August). Stimulating Perspective Taking and Empathy with Virtual Reality. Poster presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Lowinger, I., Mourgues C., Piering, K., Myszkowski, N. & Barbot, B. (2017, August). The relationship between parenting variables and child creativity. Poster presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Mourgues C., & Barbot, B. (2017, August). Scoring methods and their sensitivity to task specificity in four divergent thinking tasks. Poster presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Myszkowski, N., Lowinger, I., Mourgues C., & Barbot, B. (2017, August). Current directions in the understanding of the processes involved in visual aesthetic sensitivity. Paper presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Myszkowski, N., Storme, M., Celik, P., Mourgues C., & Barbot, B. (2017, August). Improving the way we measure visual aesthetic sensitivity through factor analysis and IRT. Paper presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Myszkowski, N. (2017). Aesthetic sensitivity and art psychology. Invited lecture at Paris Descartes University, Paris, France.

    Myszkowski, N. (2017). Measuring and understanding individual variability in aesthetic ability. Invited lecture at Brooklyn College Psychology Department Colloquium series, City University of New York, NY.

    Myszkowski, N. (2017). New advances in the measurement and understanding of Aesthetic Sensitivity. Invited lecture at Economics & Psychology Winter School at Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne University & Paris Descartes University, Paris, France.

    Myszkowski, N. & Storme, M. (2017). Proposing an IRT and Factor Analysis based revision of the Visual Aesthetic Sensitivity Test. International Society for the Study of Individual Differences Conference, Warsaw, Poland.

    Myszkowski, N., Lowinger, I., Mourgues-Codern, C. & Barbot, B. (2017). Current Directions in the Understanding of the Processes Involved in Visual Aesthetic Sensitivity. Poster presented at the 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC, USA)

    Niu, W. & Zhang, W. (2017, August). Listen deeply to your heart: Creativity pathway to psychological well-being of mid-life Chinese intellectuals. Oral presentation at the 125th Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Washington D.C.

Meetings

Mondays
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

41 Park Row, Room 1321

Student Requirements: Mentored lab students are required to provide 4 hours of RA work - other mechanisms to be involved are possible (MA thesis, independent study, voluntary RA work) and requirements depend on specific projects taken by students.

Contact

Nils Myszkowski, PhD
Research group co-lead
Email: nmyszkowski@pace.edu

Dr. Myszkowski is an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Psychology at Pace University NYC. His work notably focuses on psychological measurement, especially as it applies to cognitive and conative aspects of aesthetic and creative competence. He is especially active in the field of creative and aesthetic judgment ability, judgment data modelling and innovation management.

Weihua Niu, PhD
Research group co-lead
Email: wniu@pace.edu

Dr. Weihua Niu received her degrees in psychology from Beijing Normal University (BA), Chinese Academy of Sciences (MA), and Yale University (PhD). She is a Professor in Psychology at Pace University NYC. Her scholarly interests include creativity, educational testing, mathematical thinking, cultural influence on higher cognitive functioning, and global education. She has published more than 50 articles and book chapters in these areas and was invited many times internationally to present her work to academic and general audiences.