How does emotion influence different creative performances? The mediating role of cognitive flexibility

Wei Lun Lin*, Ping Hsun Tsai, Hung Yu Lin, Hsueh Chih Chen

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研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

46 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)

摘要

Cognitive flexibility is proposed to be one of the factors underlying how positive emotions can improve creativity. However, previous works have seldom set up or empirically measured an independent index to demonstrate its mediating effect, nor have they investigated its mediating role on different types of creative performances, which involve distinct processes. In this study, 120 participants were randomly assigned to positive, neutral or negative affect conditions. Their levels of cognitive flexibility were then measured by a switch task. Finally, their creative performances were calibrated by either an open-ended divergent thinking test or a closed-ended insight problem-solving task. The results showed that positive emotional states could reduce switch costs and enhance both types of creative performances. However, cognitive flexibility exhibited a full mediating effect only on the relationship between positive emotion and insight problem solving, but not between positive emotion and divergent thinking. Divergent thinking was instead more associated with arousal level. These results suggest that emotions might influence different creative performances through distinct mechanisms.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)834-844
頁數11
期刊Cognition and Emotion
28
發行號5
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 實驗與認知心理學
  • 發展與教育心理學
  • 藝術與人文(雜項)

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