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Mood and creativity: an appraisal tendency perspective

de Rooij, A. & Jones, S. (2013). Mood and creativity: an appraisal tendency perspective. Paper presented at the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition, 17 - 20 Jun 2013, Sydney, Australia. doi: 10.1145/2466627.2466658


There is a strong relationship between the mood one is in, and the way one performs creatively. Previous research has shown that this relationship is complex. In this paper we argue that this complexity partly lies in a faulty conceptualization of mood. We will argue that an appraisal tendency perspective on moods will help to further clarify the relationship between mood and creativity. To support this argument we will highlight some inconsistencies in previous research, and use the appraisal tendency perspective on mood to develop predictions that help explain these inconsistencies and develop new directions for mood-creativity research. Future research is required to assess the accuracy of these predictions.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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