What is it about?

The main idea was to check how positive emotional states can boost creative thinking in young children. For this, we first asked all children to report their moods. Afterward, we divided them into two groups: in one group, children were asked to remember the library, and in the other group we asked them to recall their best memory, where they felt very happy. We asked everybody to report their mood again and to make a drawing (creativity task). After the task, we measured the creativity within each drawing. Results showed that children who were in a positive mood provided more creative drawings than those who were in a neutral mood.

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Why is it important?

Few studies have been done in this field among children and understanding how positive emotional environments (at school or at home) can help boost creativity in children, a key competence for this century, is fundamental for their integral development.


This is one of the publications I love the most, two topics I am fond of are put together. Creativity and the emotional world of children are topics that are so important these days. Thank to the co-authors for their tremendous help throughout this writing process and for all the insights and support.

Macarena-Paz Celume
Aix-Marseille Universite

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This page is a summary of: Mood and creativity in children: Differential impacts on convergent and divergent thinking., Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, April 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/aca0000577.
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