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

Posted Posted in Research, English, Creative Mood

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.

Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings

Posted Posted in Research, Creativity Training

Authors: Ruth Ann Atchley, David L. Strayer and Paul Atchley

Our environment plays a critical role in how we think and behave. The modern environment experienced by most individuals living in urban or suburban settings can be characterized by a dramatic decrease in our exposure to natural settings and a correlated increase in exposure to a technology intense environment.

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