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Title:Depravity and the Protestant Work Ethic: Creativity in Western Religions
Author(s):Zeppenfeld, Veronika A.
Advisor(s):Cohen, Dov
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.A.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):Protestant Work Ethic
Creativity
Religion
transgression
temptation
Abstract:An experiment was run to test the effects of feelings of guilt and transgression on creativity and hard work. Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish male participants were given two different tasks designed to elicit a sense of temptation and transgression in specific conditions. Subsequently participants completed several tasks measuring creativity and concentrated hard work. Results showed that Protestants primed with dirty words in a lexical decision task produced more creative poems and clay sculptures than Protestants primed with clean words. Catholics and Jews produced more creative poems and sculptures when primed with clean words. These results are discussed in light of the Protestant Work Ethic.
Issue Date:2010-08-20
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/16831
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Veronika A. Zeppenfeld
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-08-20
2012-11-23
Date Deposited:2010-08


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