Grant report of the project "Emotional creativity and cognitive decline in the elderly”

Radek Trnka

This report summarizes the main outputs of the finished grant project „Emotional creativity and cognitive decline in the elderly“ (GA ČR 18–26094S), conducted at the Prague College of Psychosocial Studies between the years 2018 and 2020. The main goal of this project was to explore the relationship between emotional creativity, defined as a set of cognitive abilities and personality traits related to the originality of emotional experience, and age-related cognitive impairments in older adults. The results of this project showed that age and age-related cognitive decline influence how people creatively think about their own, as well as other peoples’, emotions. This project produced empirical evidence showing that cognitive decline reduces not only creativity in problem solving, but also reduces the creativity that is closely related to the emotional life of older people. More importantly, the published preliminary study on patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease also indicates that emotional creativity could become another diagnostic tool for unveiling the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases in the elderly.

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Averill, J. R. (1999). Individual differences in emotional creativity: Structure and correlates. Journal of Personality, 67(2), 331–371.…7-6494.00058

Kuška, M., Trnka, R., Mana, J., & Nikolai, T. (2020). Emotional creativity: A meta-analysis and integrative review. Creativity Research Journal, 32(2), 151–160.…2020.1751541

Nikolai, T., Kuška, M., & Trnka, R. (2020). Neuropsychiatrické příznaky a kreativita u neurodegene­rativních onemocnění. Československá psychologie, 64(5), 564–577.

Nikolai, T., Sulc Z., Balcar, K., Kuška, M., Plzakova, V., Slavickova, T., & Trnka, R. (2021). Decreased emotional creativity and its relationship with cognitive functions in Parkinson’s di­sease: A preliminary study. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult (Accepted Manuscript).

Trnka, R., Cabelkova, I., Kuška, M., & Nikolai, T. (2019). Cognitive decline influences emotional creativity in the elderly. Creativity Research Journal, 31(1), 93–101.…2019.1577205

Trnka, R., Hasto, J., Cabelkova, I., Kuška, M., Tavel, P., & Nikolai, T. (2018). Amygdala and emotionality in Parkinson's di­sease: An integrative review of the neuropsychological evidence. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 39(2), 105–110.

Trnka R., Kuška M., & Cabelkova I. (2020). Emotional creativity across adulthood: Age is negatively associated with emotional creativity. Studia Psychologica, 62(2), 164–177.….2020.02.798

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