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Inspiration and Effort Predict Different Aspects of Writing Quality: Creativity and Technical Merit

Poster Session X - Board: X-096
Sunday, May 24, 2009, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Laura A. Maruskin
College of William and Mary

Todd M. Thrash
College of William and Mary

We aimed to establish the discriminant and predictive validity of inspiration and effort. Participants wrote papers and reported levels of inspiration and effort while writing. Inspiration predicted judges’ ratings of creativity, whereas effort predicted technical merit. Findings suggest that inspiration and effort both play important roles in the creative process.

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