College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Gary Gute

  • School of Applied Human Sciences, Family Services

    Faculty - Associate Professor of Family Studies and Director, Creative Life Research Center


    Area

    Human Development

    Degrees

    PhD, Iowa State University

    Courses Taught

    Creativity and the Evolution of Culture The Creative Experience Human Growth and Development Human Relationships and Sexuality Human Identity and Relationships (Honors) Creativity, Flow, and Human Development: Seminar in Research and Writing for Publication

    Research Interests

    Psychological Complexity Operationalizing the Constructs of Psychological Complexity Complexity in the Early Family Lives of Highly Creative People Complexity and Flow as Catalysts for Creativity Complexity as a Framework for Optimizing Systems

    Selected Publications

    Gute, G., Gute, D., & Csikszentmihaly, M. (in press). Assessing psychological complexity in highly creative persons: The case of jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson. Journal of Genius and Eminence.

    Gute, D., & Gute, G. (2015). How creativity works in the brain: Insights from a Santa Fe Institute working group. National Endowment for the Arts: Washington, DC.

    Gute, G., Gute, D., Nakamuma, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2008). The early lives of highly creative persons: The influence of the complex family. Creativity Research Journal, 20, 343-357.

    Gute, D., & Gute, G. (2008). Flow writing in the liberal arts core and across the disciplines: A Vehicle for confronting and transforming academic disengagement. Journal of General Education, 57, 191-222.

    Gute, G., Eshbaugh, E., & Wiersma, J., (2008). Sex for you, but not for me: Discontinuity in undergraduate emerging adults' definitions of 'having sex.' Journal of Sex Research, 329-337.

    Gute, G., & Eshbaugh, E. (2008). Personality as a predictor of hooking up among college students. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 25, 26-43.

    Eshbaugh, E. M., & Gute, G. (2008). Hookups and sexual regret among college women. Journal of Social Psychology, 148, 77-89.

    Conference Presentations

    Gute, G., Gute, D., Nakamuma, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (June, 2013). Complexity as a catalyst for flow and creativity in the family lives of creative people. Presented to the International Positive Psychology Association Third World Congress, Los Angeles, CA.

    Gute, G., Gute, D. (June, 2013). Creativity and the evolution of culture: The evolution of student understanding in an online capstone course. Presented to the International Positive Psychology Association Third World Congress, Los Angeles, CA.

    Gute, G., Gute, D., Nakamuma, J., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (July, 2009). The early lives of highly creative persons: The influence of the complex family. Paper presented to the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences, Milwaukee, WI.

    Spies, E., & Gute, G. (2008, October). Father-son bonding: The influence of paternal relationships on college males' sexual behavior and values. Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.

    Gute, G. & Eshbaugh, E. M. (2008, May). Predicting hookups among undergraduates: What roles do alcohol and personality play? Paper presented to the 80th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

    Gute, G. (2008, March). Assessing psychological complexity in highly creative people: The case of Oscar Peterson. Paper presented to the 23rd Annual Adult Development Symposium of the Society for Research in Adult Development,
    New York, NY.

    Eshbaugh, E. M., & Gute, G. (2007, May). Sex with someone known less than 24 hours: Prevalence and predictors among college students. Paper presented to the 79th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

    Gute, G. (2006, November). Building environments that foster creativity: Providing and supporting opportunities for vital engagement. Paper presented at The Fire Within Leadership and Creativity Conference, Denver, CO.

    Gute, G. (2006, May). Conceptualizing emerging adulthood: What can an investigation into the double standards in undergraduates' definitions of 'sex' teach us? Paper presented at the Seventy-eighth Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

    Gute, G. G., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2003, November). The California Adult Q-Sort as a method for assessing psychological complexity. Presented at the 3rdBiennial Meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development, Cambridge, MA. 

    Gute, G. G., & Wiersma, J. (2003, November). Is it still not “sex” if . . . ? Presented to the American Psychological Association’s Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Cambridge, MA.