Mind Wandering, Creativity and Decision Efficacy in Young Adults

Syeda Pakiza Ahmad (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisor: Faiz Younas

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract:

This study investigated the relationship among mind wandering, creativity and decision efficacy in young adults. It was hypothesized that a) there would positive significant relationship between mind wandering and creativity in young adults, b) relationship between mind wandering and decision efficacy in young adults. Cross sectional correlational research design and non-purposive sampling strategy was used to recruit a sample consisted of (N = 96) including (n = 28 men and n = 68 women) young adults from various educational institutes. Mind Wandering Questionnaire (Mrazek, Franklin & Schooler, 2013), Short Scale of Creative Self (Karwowski, 2011) and Decision-Making Assessment Instrument (Mincemoyer & Perkins, 2003) were used for the assessment. Data were analyzed through SPSS version 22 with Independent sample t– test, Pearson product moment correlation and linear regression and results showed a positive significant relationship between mind wandering and creativity while a negative relationship between mind wandering and decision efficacy. It is hoped that this research will be able to solve the dilemma between the relationship of mind wandering and creativity along with that of mind wandering and decision efficacy and will be able to benefit people while conducting further researches on relevant

Keywords: Mind wandering, creativity, decision efficacy, young adults.

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