Cseh, Genevieve M., Phillips, Louise H. and Pearson, David G. (2015) Flow, affect and visual creativity. Cognition and Emotion, 29 (2). pp. 281-291. ISSN 0269-9931
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2014.913553
Flow (being in the zone) is purported to have positive consequences in terms of affect and performance; however, there is no empirical evidence about these links in visual creativity. Positive affect often – but inconsistently – facilitates creativity, and both may be linked to experiencing flow. This study aimed to determine relationships between these variables within visual creativity. Participants performed the creative mental synthesis task to simulate the creative process. Affect change (pre- vs. post-task) and flow were measured via questionnaires. The creativity of synthesis drawings was rated objectively and subjectively by judges. Findings empirically demonstrate that flow is related to affect improvement during visual creativity. Affect change was linked to productivity and self-rated creativity, but no other objective or subjective performance measures. Flow was unrelated to all external performance measures, but was highly correlated with self-rated creativity; flow may therefore motivate perseverance toward eventual excellence rather than provide direct cognitive enhancement.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||flow; affect; visual creativity; mental synthesis; creativity-mood relationship|
|Subjects:||C - Biological sciences > C800 - Psychology|
W - Creative arts & design > W200 - Design studies
|Schools:||Faculty of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Art, Design and Fashion|
|Deposited By:||Genevieve Mercedes Cseh|
|Deposited On:||19 Apr 2016 14:40|
|Last Modified:||19 Oct 2016 14:21|
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