Meditate to create: the impact of focused-attention and open-monitoring training on convergent and divergent thinking

Posted Posted in Research, English, Creative Mindfulness

Authors: Lorenza S. Colzato, Ayca Ozturk and Bernhard Hommel

The practice of meditation has seen a tremendous increase in the western world since the 60s. Scientific interest in meditation has also significantly grown in the past years; however, so far, it has neglected the idea that different type of meditations may drive specific cognitive-control states. In this study we investigate the possible impact of meditation based on focused-attention (FA) and meditation based on open-monitoring (OM) on creativity tasks tapping into convergent and divergent thinking. We show that FA meditation and OM meditation exert specific effect on creativity.

The Efficacy of Teaching Creativity: Assessment of Student Creative Thinking Before and After Exercises

Posted Posted in Research, Creativity Training, English

Autors: Elena Karpova, Sara B. Marcketti, Jessica Barker

The purpose of this research was to assess effectiveness of creativity training by measuring student creative thinking before and after implementation of creativity exercises. The exercises were a systematic approach designed to help students experience and practice non-traditional ways of thinking to identify opportunities, to create, to evaluate, and to promote their ideas.

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

Posted Posted in Research, English, Creative Mood

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