Emotion and Creativity: Hacking into Cognitive Appraisal Processes to Augment Creative Ideation

de Rooij, A., Corr, P. J. & Jones, S. (2015). Emotion and Creativity: Hacking into Cognitive Appraisal Processes to Augment Creative Ideation. Paper presented at the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition, 22-06-2015 - 25-06-2015, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Abstract

Creativity thrives when people experience positive emotions. How to design an interactive system that can effectively make use of this potential is, however, still an unanswered question. In this paper, we propose one approach to this problem that relies on hacking into the cognitive appraisal processes that form part of positive emotions. To demonstrate our approach we have conceived, made, and evaluated a novel interactive system that influences an individual’s appraisals of their own idea generation processes by providing real-time and believable feedback about the originality of their ideas. The system can be used to manipulate this feedback to make the user’s ideas appear more or less original. This has enabled us to test experimentally the hypothesis that providing more positive feedback, rather than neutral, or more negative feedback than the user is expecting, causes more positive emotion, which in turn causes more creativity during idea generation. The findings demonstrate that an interactive system can be designed to use the function of cognitive appraisal processes in positive emotion to help people to get more out of their own creative capabilities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © de Rooij et al| ACM 2015. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in C&C '15 Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2757226.2757227
Uncontrolled Keywords: Affective Computing; Cognitive Appraisal; Creativity; Creativity Support Tools; Emotion; Idea Evaluation; Idea Generation; Interactive Systems; Natural Language Processing; Positive Computing
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: School of Informatics > Department of Computing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12190

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