Apara Ranjan, Ph.D.

Apara Ranjan, Ph.D.

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Apara Ranjan is a postdoctoral researcher at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Her research interests broadly focus on the psychology of creativity, the role of emotions and individual differences in creativity, and cross-cultural psychology. The focus of her current research is the relationship between self-regulation, creativity, and resilience, and how self-regulation helps transform creative ideas into achievements. This research is sponsored by the Imagination Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.

She received her Ph.D. in psychology and interdisciplinary studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her PhD research was about understanding the creative process across different artistic domains and how both personal style and inspirational source come together in the generation of a creative work. She holds a MA in Cognitive Science from the Centre for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad, India. Prior to her work at the Center, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, where her research focused on understanding how culture shapes design thinking. Prior to that she was a Research Associate at University of California, Berkeley.

Apara also enjoys teaching. She has developed and taught courses on psychology of humor, organizational creativity, psychology of creativity and Usability. She worked as a lecturer at University of British Columbia.