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What is the nature of the creative process between having an idea and realizing it?

Creativity scholars largely focus on how people come up with ideas than how they develop them, execute, or implement them. Yet, for ideas to become achievements they have to be transformed into performances or products. Our research examines the process of transforming ideas and overcoming challenges on the road to creative products.  

Who is creative and how from everyday life to professional achievement?

When we say that someone is creative, what are we describing? Where do we look for creativity? Why are people’s beliefs about what creativity is or how creative they are important? Are people creative in general or should we talk only about creativity in a specific domain of work (e.g., art, science, business)?

What role do emotions play in creativity?

Creativity scholars have long asked what emotion states are beneficial for creativity and what emotion states are detrimental for creativity. Experimental studies found evidence that happy moods increase originality on quick creative idea generation tasks. Our research asks different questions: How can different emotions be used and channeled in the service of creativity? What role do emotions play in long-term creativity work?

How do we stimulate creativity?

How do we put our creativity research into practice? We examine how to stimulate and teach creativity attitudes and skills through engagement with the arts, either as art appreciation or art creation. Art presents a medium that is intrinsically creative and also refilled with emotion, thus offering an ideal vehicle to learn creativity. We partner with art centers and museums and develop workshops to teach creativity skills directly applying our research on emotion and the creative process.

How do people (show and) tell the story of who they are?

Figuring out an answer to the “Who am I” question is a major developmental task in adolescence. Answers to this question include decisions about how to present oneself to other around us, including those in the ubiquitous world of social media. It also includes developing a life-story narrative from personal memories woven into life chapters. The nature of our experiences and what becomes important to remember varies across cultures and has consequences for how we see both our past and future.

How are our nation’s students doing?

Students’ emotional experiences at school are extensively studied on a small scale, either to understand specific feelings (e.g., math anxiety) or to understand the causes and consequences of academic emotions. By contrast, we aim to give snapshots of how students are doing. What do high school students describe as their typical experiences of school? What are the experiences of marginalized groups, like the LGBTQ youth? Understanding these experiences will offer suggestions about how students experiences at school can be enhanced.

How do people experience work

and why does it matter?

We know that emotions affect relationship quality, attention, decision making, thinking and problem solving, and performance. As people spend a substantial portion of their lives at work, the question of emotional experiences at work becomes important both for their personal well-being and organizational success. We study complex patterns of experiences – not only whether people feel positive or negative, but how combinations of good and bad affect their work.

What is the nature of the creative process between having an idea and realizing it?

Creativity scholars largely focus on how people come up with ideas than how they develop them, execute, or implement them. Yet, for ideas to become achievements they have to be transformed into performances or products. Our research examines the process of transforming ideas and overcoming challenges on the road to creative products.  

Who is creative and how from everyday life to professional achievement?

Creativity scholars largely focus on how people come up with ideas than how they develop them, execute, or implement them. Yet, for ideas to become achievements they have to be transformed into performances or products. Our research examines the process of transforming ideas and overcoming challenges on the road to creative products.  

What role do emotions play in creativity?

Creativity scholars have long asked what emotion states are beneficial for creativity and what emotion states are detrimental for creativity. Experimental studies found evidence that happy moods increase originality on quick creative idea generation tasks. Our research asks different questions: How can different emotions be used and channeled in the service of creativity? What role do emotions play in long-term creativity work?