Positive affect facilitates creative problem solving.

@article{Isen1987PositiveAF,
  title={Positive affect facilitates creative problem solving.},
  author={A. Isen and K. Daubman and G. P. Nowicki},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1987},
  volume={52 6},
  pages={
          1122-31
        }
}
Four experiments indicated that positive affect, induced by means of seeing a few minutes of a comedy film or by means of receiving a small bag of candy, improved performance on two tasks that are generally regarded as requiring creative ingenuity: Duncker's (1945) candle task and M. T. Mednick, S. A. Mednick, and E. V. Mednick's (1964) Remote Associates Test. One condition in which negative affect was induced and two in which subjects engaged in physical exercise (intended to represent… Expand

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