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

  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},
  volume={40 4},
  • M. Oppezzo, D. Schwartz
  • Published 21 April 2014
  • Psychology
  • Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition
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… 

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