Affective States and Creativity

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Affective states play a key function in creative performance, such that both positive and negative feelings can foster, or inhibit, creativity due to their information processing and motivational correlates. In this chapter, we survey and integrate theory and empirical research in this field, identifying core and robust findings focused on the association of affect with creativity, and unanswered questions requiring deeper investigation. Based on this work, we finally propose several valuable directions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Creativity and Emotions
EditorsZorana Ivcevic, Jessica D. Hoffman, James C. Kaufman
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781009031240
ISBN (Print)9781316515952, 9781009013086
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2023

Publication series

NameCambridge Handbooks in Psychology
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • creativity
  • innovation
  • affect
  • mood
  • positive affect
  • negative affect
  • valence
  • activation
  • information processing
  • motivation


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