Impact of Physical Activity on an Individual's Creativity: A Day-Level Analysis

Bollimbala, Ashish and James, P S and Ganguli, Shirshendu (2021) Impact of Physical Activity on an Individual's Creativity: A Day-Level Analysis. The American Journal of Psychology, 134 (1). pp. 93-105.

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Physical activity is fast emerging as a predictor of complex cognitive processes, yet its impact on creativity is not well researched. This study analyzes the immediate and retention effects of an enjoyable physical activity intervention at the end of the workday on the divergent and convergent thinking components of creativity via a randomized controlled trial of 68 MBA stu�dents. The treatment group participated in a 15-min enjoyable physical activity (dance), and the control group participated in an enjoyable nonphysical activity (socialization), and their impact on divergent and convergent thinking was measured via parallel forms of Guilford Alternate Uses Task and Remote Association Task, respectively. Dance significantly improved divergent and convergent thinking immediately after the intervention and also showed retention at the end of the work day compared with preintervention levels, whereas socialization showed such an effect only on flexibility immediately after the intervention and no retention. The results sup�port executive function hypothesis and ego depletion theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: creativity, physical activity, ego depletion theory, divergent thinking, convergent thinking, dance, executive function hypothesis
Subjects: Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management > Training And Development
Divisions: General Management and Enterpreneurship
Depositing User: Mr. Muralidhara D
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2021 09:22
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2021 09:22

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