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Below is general descriptive information about the 16 data sets in the IPSR archives. If you are interested in other kinds of information, click the link above to return to the archives overview and then follow the link to the information of interest.

Name of data set Brief description of project Original investigator Date of initial data collection Dates of any follow-ups Sample size % males % females Age ranges Recruitment & selection procedures Stratification information Criterion measures How obtained
Air Force Officers 3-day assessment plus field testing of Air Force officers Donald W. MacKinnon 1952-53 100 100% Mean=34.6; SD=4.5 Commanding officers ordered captains to participate Flying and non-flying officers; Reserve and regular officers 4 promotion/promotion ratings superior officers' reports
Architects I study of creativity in architects Donald W. MacKinnon, Wallace Hall 1958-59 1978, 1983-84 40 100% 37-66 nominations creativity ratings panel of architects; journal editors, professors of architecture; other participants; indices of publicity or prominence
Architects II study of creativity in architects Donald W. MacKinnon, Wallace Hall 1960 1978, 1983-1984 43 100% 35-65 creativity ratings panel of architects; journal editors, professors of architecture; other participants
Architects III study of creativity in architects Donald W. MacKinnon, Wallace Hall 1960 1978, 1983-1984 41 100% 34-67 creativity ratings panel of architects; journal editors, professors of architecture; other participants
Architectural Firm 3-day assessment of an architectural firm's staff Kenneth H. Craik 1965 22 82% 18% 25-50 entire firm volunteered creativity ratings peer ratings by firm members
College Sophomores I career preferences and vocational decision making in college sophomores H.G. Gough 1978, 1979 100 50% 50% 18-21 volunteer year recruited
College Sophomores II attitudes toward social problems in college sophomores H.G. Gough 1981, 1982, 1984 97 49% 51% 18-21 volunteer year recruited
Doctoral Candidates-Fall doctoral candidates from 14 U.C. Departments Donald W. MacKinnon 1950 1992 40 100% 22-37 nominated by faculty
Doctoral Candidates-Spring doctoral candidates from 14 U.C. Departments Donald W. MacKinnon 1950 1992 40 100% 22-35 nominated by faculty
Irish Managers assessment of Irish managers and managing directors Frank Barron 1965 37 100% 30-60 (Mean=43.8) Irish Management Institute recruited volunteers
Medical School Applicants 3-day assessment of medical school applicants H. G. Gough 1954-55 1959 (seniors); 1974 (doctors) 70 100% 19-33 asked by Medical School to participate
Medical School Seniors 3-day assessment of medical school seniors + one-day test H.G. Gough; R.E. Harris 1959 1974-75 39 100% 22-34 from pool of previously assessed medical school applicants or volunteers GPA; Performance ratings medical school files
Research scientists 3-day assessment of research scientists H.G. Gough 1957-58 45 100% 26-51 recruited from technology firms 7 criterion factor scores; performance and creativity ratings peer and supervisor ratings
Senior honors students in engineering 3-day assessment of honors engineering students H.G. Gough 1957-60 66 100% 19-41 selected by faculty GPA; faculty ratings faculty ratings
Women Law Students women law students from U.C. Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) Donald W. MacKinnon, Kenneth Craik 1970 40 100% 21-33 volunteers year in law school
Women Mathematicians 3-day assessment of creative and comparison mathematicians Richard Crutchfield, Ravenna Helson 1958 1960-61 44 100% 27-45 nominated by other mathematicians creative and comparison mathematicians

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