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ERIC Number: EJ1176770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-0419
Awe Enhances Creative Thinking: An Experimental Study
Chirico, Alice; Glaveanu, Vlad Petre; Cipresso, Pietro; Riva, Giuseppe; Gaggioli, Andrea
Creativity Research Journal, v30 n2 p123-131 2018
Awe is a complex emotion characterized by feelings of vastness and a need for accommodation. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the experience of awe impacts on peculiar dimensions of creative potential in terms of creative thinking. Fifty-two university students were exposed both to an awe-inducing 3D-video and to a neutral one in a within-subject design. After each video, participants reported the intensity and type of perceived emotion and completed two verbal tasks of the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT; Torrance, 1974). A direct causal relationship between awe and creative thinking was tested using generalized linear model. Results showed that awe affected key creative thinking components--fluency, flexibility and elaboration measured by the product improvement test--compared to the neutral stimulus. Implications of these findings for future research and limitations are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking
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