Applying the neuroscience of creativity to creativity training

Posted Posted in Research, Creativity Training, English

Balder Onarheim and Morten Friis-Olivarius

This article investigates how neuroscience in general, and neuroscience of creativity in particular, can be used in teaching “applied creativity” and the usefulness of this approach to creativity training. The article is based on empirical data and our experiences from the Applied NeuroCreativity (ANC) program, taught at business schools in Denmark and Canada.

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

Posted Posted in Research, English, Creative Mood

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

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