Research seminar at the Center for Economic Expertise by Michail Kokkoris

We are happy to invite you to the research seminar by the Center for Economic Expertise which will take place on Wednesday, March 27st, 14:00-15:00. During the seminar Michail Kokkoris (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will present the topic „In control but uninspired: Displays of artist self-control undermine perceptions of creativity“.

Venue: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vilnius University, Saulėtekio al. 9, Vilnius, TechHub Room 40 (2nd floor) and MS Teams

Abstract. Previous research highlighted the interpersonal benefits of self-control in professional contexts: People prefer high self-control individuals as work or study partners and expect them to perform better than low self-control individuals. We show that these benefits of self-control reverse in the artistic domain. Results of one pilot study and five preregistered experiments (N = 1,644) reveal that artists with high (vs. low) self-control are perceived as less creative. This effect replicates across various artistic domains (visual art, music, poetry, screenwriting), holds for both male and female artists, and can be explained by perceptions of lower experiential processing, which is considered indispensable for creativity. However, art created by high (vs. low) self-control artists is ascribed higher market value due to stronger attributions of productivity. These findings provide novel insights into the social perception of self-control and contribute to the understudied topic of the downsides of self-control as well as to the literature on lay theories of creativity.

MS Teams meeting

Meeting ID: 364 786 008 699
Passcode: xfRiBu