• Psychology, Medicine
  • Published in
    Journal of experimental…
    2014
  • DOI:10.1037/a0036577

Give your ideas some legs: the positive effect of walking on creative thinking.

@article{Oppezzo2014GiveYI,
  title={Give your ideas some legs: the positive effect of walking on creative thinking.},
  author={Marily A. Oppezzo and Daniel L. Schwartz},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2014},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={
          1142-52
        }
}
Four experiments demonstrate that walking boosts creative ideation in real time and shortly after. In Experiment 1, while seated and then when walking on a treadmill, adults completed Guilford's alternate uses (GAU) test of creative divergent thinking and the compound remote associates (CRA) test of convergent thinking. Walking increased 81% of participants' creativity on the GAU, but only increased 23% of participants' scores for the CRA. In Experiment 2, participants completed the GAU when… CONTINUE READING

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