Hedonic tone and activation level in the mood-creativity link: toward a dual pathway to creativity model.

@article{Dreu2008HedonicTA,
  title={Hedonic tone and activation level in the mood-creativity link: toward a dual pathway to creativity model.},
  author={C. D. De Dreu and Matthijs Baas and Bernard A. Nijstad},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={94 5},
  pages={
          739-56
        }
}
To understand when and why mood states influence creativity, the authors developed and tested a dual pathway to creativity model; creative fluency (number of ideas or insights) and originality (novelty) are functions of cognitive flexibility, persistence, or some combination thereof. Invoking work on arousal, psychophysiological processes, and working memory capacity, the authors argue that activating moods (e.g., angry, fearful, happy, elated) lead to more creative fluency and originality than… 

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