Welcome to Rodica Damian's website
My research focuses on the cognitive, affective, and motivational processes underlying achievement, particularly creative achievement, as well as the socio-cultural contexts in which creativity flourishes. Specifically, I am pursuing two main lines of inquiry: (a) What role does the emotion of pride play in fueling creativity and problem solving, and (b) How do diversifying experiences, such as being exposed to a new culture or any other unusual or unexpected events or situations, influence creative achievement? In both lines of research, I conduct experimental studies to understand the underlying causal processes and longitudinal and historiometric studies to understand creative achievement in real-world contexts. My research program involves a wide range of statistical procedures, including hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and multinomial modeling, as well as multiple measures and data sources. Among the measures I use are behavioral tasks and performance measures (e.g., Stroop Test; Unusual Uses Test), measures of implicit processes (e.g., Picture Story Exercise; Implicit Associations Test; Evaluative Priming), self-report scales, biographical data, content coding, and linguistic analysis. I study social and situational influences as well as individual differences, and I aim to delineate an overarching theoretical perspective to guide my continuing research.
Rodica was recently awarded the Frank X. Barron Award (2013), by Division 10 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts), in recognition of her research contributions to the study of creativity.