Environmental Stressor Effects on Creativity and Decision Making

  • James Shanteau
  • Geri Anne Dino


Higher thinking processes require a variety of cognitive processing abilities, such as problem solving, creativity, memory, and decision making (Hogarth, 1987). Both psychological theory and common sense maintain that thinking ability may be impaired under highly stressful conditions. For instance, it has been hypothesized that individuals under stress will exhibit a narrowing of focus and stereotyped responding (Mandler, 1979, 1984). Such shifts would be incompatible with the cognitive processes necessary for effective high-level thinking (Halpern, 1989).


Stressor Effect Stress Group Federal Emergency Management Agency Impression Formation Creative Ability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Shanteau
    • 1
  • Geri Anne Dino
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyFrostburg State UniversityFrostburgUSA

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