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Understanding the relationship between mood and creativity: A meta-analysis

Mark A. Davis

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2009, vol. 108, issue 1, pages 25-38

Abstract: A meta-analysis of 62 experimental and 10 non-experimental studies was conducted to evaluate the positive-mood-enhances-creativity generalization. While the results demonstrate that positive mood enhances creativity, the strength of that effect is contingent upon the comparative or referent mood state (i.e., neutral or negative mood) as well as the type of creative task. Further, the pattern of effect sizes supports a curvilinear relationship between affective intensity and creative performance. In general, a contextual perspective of mood-creativity relations is supported.

Keywords: Mood; Affect; Creativity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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