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Hedonic tone and activation level in the mood-creativity link: toward a dual pathway to creativity model.
J Pers Soc Psychol 2008; 94(5):739-56JP

Abstract

To understand when and why mood states influence creativity, the authors developed and tested a dual pathway to creativity model; creative fluency (number of ideas or insights) and originality (novelty) are functions of cognitive flexibility, persistence, or some combination thereof. Invoking work on arousal, psychophysiological processes, and working memory capacity, the authors argue that activating moods (e.g., angry, fearful, happy, elated) lead to more creative fluency and originality than do deactivating moods (e.g., sad, depressed, relaxed, serene). Furthermore, activating moods influence creative fluency and originality because of enhanced cognitive flexibility when tone is positive and because of enhanced persistence when tone is negative. Four studies with different mood manipulations and operationalizations of creativity (e.g., brainstorming, category inclusion tasks, gestalt completion tests) support the model.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. c.k.w.dedreu@uva.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18444736

Citation

De Dreu, Carsten K W., et al. "Hedonic Tone and Activation Level in the Mood-creativity Link: Toward a Dual Pathway to Creativity Model." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 94, no. 5, 2008, pp. 739-56.
De Dreu CK, Baas M, Nijstad BA. Hedonic tone and activation level in the mood-creativity link: toward a dual pathway to creativity model. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2008;94(5):739-56.
De Dreu, C. K., Baas, M., & Nijstad, B. A. (2008). Hedonic tone and activation level in the mood-creativity link: toward a dual pathway to creativity model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94(5), pp. 739-56. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.94.5.739.
De Dreu CK, Baas M, Nijstad BA. Hedonic Tone and Activation Level in the Mood-creativity Link: Toward a Dual Pathway to Creativity Model. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2008;94(5):739-56. PubMed PMID: 18444736.
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