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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Dan Ispas


Trait activation is the expression of trait-consistent behaviors in response to trait-relevant situational cues. Previous research has theorized this activation process to be intrinsically motivating. This study examines whether the activation of openness into creative behavior in response to either intellectual stimulation – a dimension of transformational leadership – or job complexity is intrinsically motivating. Results found that neither intellectual stimulation nor job complexity interacts with openness to experience to explain unique variances in intrinsic motivation and in creative behavior. Results therefore did not establish empirical support for the hypothesis that trait activation is intrinsically motivating. Limitations and implications for research and practice are discussed.


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