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Roads to Research: Dr. Jennifer Walinga

January 19, 2016
Source: Crossroads

The Office of Research Services is pleased to invite you to a Roads to Research  presentation by Prof. Jennifer Walinga on Feb.3, 16 in the Quarterdeck from 12 to 1 p.m. The title of her presentation is From Walls to Windows: Unlocking Creative Insight Using Barriers as Pathways to Integrative Solutions. Please review her abstract below.

Roads to Research provides core faculty the opportunity to share their research with staff and other researchers here at Royal Roads. All are welcome to attend the presentations, including the public. Roads to Research presentations are scheduled twice a month until May, 2016. Coffee and cookies will be served. Please bring your lunch. We hope you will join us for Prof. Walinga's fascinating presentation on Feb. 3, 16.

From Walls to Windows: Unlocking Creative Insight Using Barriers as Pathways to Integrative Solutions
Creative problem solving (CPS) is inherent to a variety of performance realms including effective sustainability, leadership, communication, business, decision making, and organizational development; however, related processes of insight, innovation and creativity remain intangible and often elusive. Through her interdisciplinary research in the areas of sport, educational and organizational psychology, Dr. Jennifer Walinga developed a conceptual model for how individuals unlock insight - the ‘out of the box’ or ‘aha!’ solution to a problem.
During her talk, Walinga offers a framework for understanding how best to enhance problem solving skills using the cognitive shift and reframing that insight requires, and following a five stage, cyclical process called Integrated Focus. Walinga’s model was built and tested through in-depth interviews and observations of 325 participants while they tackled a variety of problems demanding insight. Walinga illustrates her findings through lively narratives and case studies demonstrating the model’s implications for individual, team and organizational settings, and suggesting that performance on a wide variety of problems may be improved by utilizing barriers as pathways to integrated solutions.