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The dual pathway to creativity model: Creative ideation as a function of flexibility and persistence

Nijstad, B. A., De Dreu, C. K. W., Rietzschel, E. F. & Baas, M., 2010, In : European Review of Social Psychology. 21, p. 34-77 44 p.

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The dual pathway to creativity model argues that creativity-the generation of original and appropriate ideas-is a function of cognitive flexibility and cognitive persistence, and that dispositional or situational variables may influence creativity either through their effects on flexibility, on persistence, or both. This model is tested in a number of studies in which participants performed creative ideation tasks. We review work showing that cognitive flexibility, operationalised as the number of content categories surveyed, directly relates to idea originality, but that originality can also be achieved by exploring a few content categories in great depth (i.e., persistence). We also show that a global processing mode is associated with cognitive flexibility, but only leads to high originality in tasks that capitalise on cognitive flexibility. We finally show that activating positive mood states enhance creativity because they stimulate flexibility, while activating negative mood states can enhance creativity because they stimulate persistence. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-77
Number of pages44
JournalEuropean Review of Social Psychology
Volume21
Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

  • Creativity, Cognitive flexibility, Cognitive persistence, Ideation, AVOIDANCE MOTOR ACTIONS, BRAINSTORMING GROUPS, DIVERGENT-THINKING, LATENT INHIBITION, POSITIVE AFFECT, PERSONAL NEED, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, COGNITIVE CONTROL, SOCIAL-PSYCHOLOGY, PRODUCTIVITY LOSS

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