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Test Number 51
Title Preconscious Activity Scale
Author Holland, J. L.
Category Self-Report Inventory
Copyright Date 1968
Availability Article reprint
Age/Grade Level H.S.-Adults
Cost Contact source
Source Journal of Creative Behavior; v2, n3, p217-25, 1968
web or e-mail  
Definition The preconscious is “the region of the mind which lies between complete awareness and the unconscious” where ideas can form concepts or images that are the basis of creativity.
Purposes Designed to measure originality based on personality study rather upon task performance.
Characteristics Generating Ideas

Poor The article includes a discussion of administration, score interpretation, norms, validity, and reliability. No actual published manual.

Fair Correlations were high with artistic and intellectual of subjects. High scorers conceive of themselves as being original, expressive and well read, and “have established notable extracurricular accomplishment in art, writing, speech, and drama in high sch

Excellent An item-total score correlation for 544 men and 275 women was .70. A later study involving over 1,200 men and women r=.77 for males and .75 for female college freshmen. Stability was .71 and .77 with 383 freshman over 9 months.

Fair The subject answers true/false on 38 items. The measure can be self-scoring.

Fair A scoring key is in the article. The higher the score the higher the subject is positioned on the scale of originality. Norms were based on scores of a “large sample of National Merit Finalists.” While scales are presented as to various dispositions in relation to score, little consideration is given to guide the application of those scores.

Poor No information available.

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