Doing Creative Research



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iDiv Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 4, room Metamorphosis


13 / 1 CP


Researchers live in a perpetual paradox: they are confronted with the unknown, should be innovative and creative and at the same time proceed well structured, meet scientific demands and follow a research plan. This can be particularly unsettling for inexperienced researchers: it can restrict their self-confidence, lead to loss of motivation and in a negative loop can cause working inhibitions.
In this course you learn how an overly rational understanding of science and research can impair thinking, performance and discovery and how in turn creativity can be released beneficially. You will acquire strategies that maximize your creativity and help you to think out of the box in the research process. Finally, you will also learn how to keep your creative thinking alive, be it in the research process or in other professional activities.

Main focus:
• clarifying misunderstandings about science, research and failure
• psychological causes of thinking and working inhibition
• characteristics, types and phases of creativity
• analyse the own working and thinking process and difficulties in the research process
• elaborate new, unconventional approaches to the research object

Course objectives:
• acquire theoretical knowledge about the research process and its pitfalls
• understand how thinking and performance processes work psychologically, what
affects them and how they can be encouraged
• develop at the same time a creative and pragmatic understanding of themselves as researchers
• learn how to trust their thinking and gut feelings and how to capitalise failure


Lecturer in charge
Dr. Alba Polo


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