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Gepubliceerd in: Psychological Research 7/2023

01-02-2023 | Original Article

What’s behind deliberation? The effect of task-related mind-wandering on post-incubation creativity

Auteurs: Cong Xie, Yadan Li, Yilong Yang, Ying Du, Chunyu Liu

Gepubliceerd in: Psychological Research | Uitgave 7/2023

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Abstract

Previous studies have already suggested that the deliberate nature of Mind-Wandering (MW) is critical for promoting creative performance. However, the deliberate nature of MW may be mixed up with task-relatedness. Whether the deliberate nature or task-relatedness of MW is responsible for such positive influence remains unclear. The present study tried to address this issue by investigating the influence of deliberate MW (MW-d) and task-related MW (MW-r) on post-incubation creative performance. Our result showed that MW-d is positively correlated with MW-r and spontaneous MW (MW-s) is highly positively correlated with task-unrelated MW (MW-u). Meanwhile, after controlling the possible confounding variables (i.e., the pre-incubation creative performance, the performance during distraction task, and motivation on creative ideation), both MW-d and MW-r predicted participants’ AUT performance after incubation. However, the prediction model based on MW-r was stable while the MW-d-based prediction model was not. These findings indicate that the task-relatedness of MW, instead of its deliberate nature, might have a positive influence on subsequent creative performance.
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Metagegevens
Titel
What’s behind deliberation? The effect of task-related mind-wandering on post-incubation creativity
Auteurs
Cong Xie
Yadan Li
Yilong Yang
Ying Du
Chunyu Liu
Publicatiedatum
01-02-2023
Uitgeverij
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Gepubliceerd in
Psychological Research / Uitgave 7/2023
Print ISSN: 0340-0727
Elektronisch ISSN: 1430-2772
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-023-01793-0

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