Conference Proceeding Article
Based on the instrumental account of emotion regulation, the current research seeks to offer a novel perspective to the emotions-creativity debate by investigating the instrumental value of trait-consistent emotions in creativity. We hypothesize that emotions such as worry (vs. happy) are some trait-consistent experiences for neurotic individuals and experiencing these emotions can facilitate performance in a creativity task. In two studies, we found support for our hypothesis. First, individuals higher in neuroticism had a greater preference for recalling worrisome (vs. happy) events in anticipation of performing a creativity task (Study 1). Moreover, when induced to recall a worrisome (vs. happy) event, individuals higher in neuroticism had better performance in a creativity task (Study 2). These findings offer a new perspective to the controversy concerning the emotions-creativity relationship and further demonstrate the role of instrumental emotion regulation in the domain of creative performance.
Instrumental emotion regulation, creativity, neuroticism, emotions
Cognition and Perception | Personality and Social Contexts
C&C '13: Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2013: June 17-20, Sydney, Australia
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LEUNG, Angela K. Y.; KWAN, Letty Y. Y.; LIOU, Shyhnan; CHIU, Chi-Yue; QIU, Lin; and YONG, Jose C., "The role of instrumental emotion regulation in the emotions-creativity link: How worries render neurotic individuals more creative" (2012). Research Collection School of Social Sciences. Paper 1420.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/1420
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