About Zorana


Creativity scientist



My Story

Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, received a doctorate from the University of New Hampshire (with Dr. Jack Mayer, co-creator of the theory of emotional intelligence), and did postdoctoral research at the Interpersonal Communication and Interaction laboratory at Tufts University (with Dr. Nalini Ambady who pioneered research on thin slices of behavior).

Zorana collaborated with colleagues from Denmark, Spain, China, and Croatia and published her research in journals such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Personality, Sex Roles, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Creativity Research Journal, Journal of Creative Behavior, Career Development International and others. She is Associate Editor of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving.


Zorana received the Award for Excellence in Research from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation for her research on emotional intelligence an emotional creativity, as well as the Berlyne Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement in psychology of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts from the American Psychological Association.


Zorana studies the role of emotion and emotion skills in creativity and well-being, as well as how to use the arts (and art-related institutions) to promote emotion and creativity skills.

Research highlights

How does a person move from a vague idea to a creation? Or, what is the difference between having an idea and doing something with it.


How do emotions influence the creative process? Instead of asking what specific moods are beneficial or detrimental to creativity, my lab asks how can different emotions be used or harnessed to support creativity.


Who are the people both enthusiastic and burned out at work? How creative are those who are interested in their jobs, but also frustrated?

More on research