The Effects of Subliminal Secure Priming on Adult Creative Exploration

[Speaker] Wang, Hongzhi:1
[Co-author] Liu, Wen:2
1:Dalian Maritime University (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:Liaoning Normal university (China (People's Republic of China))

90 college students (71 female and 19 male, ranging in age from 19 to 26) were randomly divided into three experimental conditions (the security-priming, close-person-priming, the known-person ).All participants rated their current mood and performed a questionnaire which was measuring their creative exploration. ANOVA and two-step hierarchical regression analysis were used to examine the effects of subliminal secure priming on creative exploration.
Results showed that: (1) participants in security-priming condition performed better than close-person-priming condition and known-person condition, subliminal secure-priming had a positive effect on adults creative exploration. (2) the beneficial effect of security priming on creative exploration was observed regardless of dispositional differences in attachment anxiety and avoidance. (3) the emotion elevation was an interpretation of the observed effect of security priming on creative exploration, the photo of attachment figures could prime the positive emotion component in the secure-base model, the positive emotion then spread to creative exploration.
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