Thinking for a Living: How to Get Better Performance and Results from Knowledge Workers

Posted Posted in Research, English, Creative Mood, Creative Environment

Author: Thomas H. Davenport

One factor that affects knowledge worker performance that isn’t well understood is the physical work environment—the offices, cubicles, buildings, and mobile workplaces in which knowledge workers do their jobs. There is a good deal said about this topic, but not much known about it. Even more unfortunately, most decisions about the knowledge work environment are made without seriously considering their implications for performance.

Creative Feelings: The Effect of Mood on Creative Ideation and Evaluation

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Authors: Paul T. Sowden and Leah Dawson

Research has found mixed effects of mood on creative problem solving. Here we examined the effects of mood on two components of creative problem solving; ideation and evaluation. After induction of positive, negative or neutral mood participants completed ideation and evaluation tasks. Results showed that a positive mood facilitates ideation whereas a negative mood facilitated evaluation.

Effects of Positive Mood on Generative and Evaluative Thinking in Creative Problem Solving

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Authors: Jennifer Politis and John C. Houtz

The goal of this study was to examine the role of positive mood on generative and evaluative thinking in creative problem solving. Participants included 89 middle school students who watched either a positive or neutral mood video program. After students watched the video, they completed the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) scale to determine their current mood.

Creative Mood swings: Divergent and Convergent Thinking Affect Mood in Opposite Ways

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Authors: Soghra Akbari Chermahini, Bernhard Hommel

Increasing evidence suggests that emotions affect cognitive processes. Recent approaches have also considered the opposite: that cognitive processes might affect people’s mood. Here we show that performing and, to a lesser degree, preparing for a creative thinking task induce systematic mood swings