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Collaborations between science and art are happening more and more frequently. Relational Space identifies relevant stories and initiatives around the globe and reports them here to inform and inspire our community.

Creative Minds at Rest: Creative Individuals are More Associative and Engaged with Their Idle Thoughts

Individuals with a creative mindset tend to utilize their free time more effectively by engaging in mental exploration, allowing one thought to naturally progress to another.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Mindset


Creativity Research Journal

Q. Raffaelli, et al

September 28, 2023

Best humans still outperform artificial intelligence in a creative divergent thinking task

AI has reached the same level, or surpassed, the average human's ability to generate ideas - the primary weakness in humans' performance lies in the high proportion of poor-quality ideas.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #AI



M. Koivisto & S. Grassini

September 27, 2023

Critical and Creative Thinking as a Form of Making in Art Education

Critical & creative thinking is a form of making, and manifests in the reasoning processes critics use to formulate judgments of artwork meaning. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Making


Studies in Art Education

K. Maras & B. Shand

September 26, 2023

Video games and creativity: The mediating role of psychological capital

Playing video games is positively associated with higher optimism, which in turn is associated with more creativity in the workplace.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #VideoGames


Journal of Creativity

M. Mercier & T. Lubart

September 24, 2023

Cultivating the Four Kinds of Creativity

Cultivating 4 types of divergent thinking affords better odds of converting new challenges into successful innovation: Integration; Splitting; Figure-ground reversal; & Distal thinking.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Innovation


Harvard Business Review

G. R. Kellerman & M. E.P. Seligman

September 23, 2023

Creative Omnivores: An Experience Sampling Study of the Variety and Diversity of Everyday Creative Activities

Overall, there’s no single profile for everyday creativity: some people enjoy spending time on many different kinds of creative tasks, & others focus their creative efforts on one or two areas.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Profile


Creativity Research Journal

P. J. Silvia, K. N. Cotter & A. P. Christensen

September 22, 2023

Do authentic people generate more creative solutions to help others? The mediating role of dispositional and situational perspective-taking

Perspective taking mediates authenticity (acting in congruence with one’s inner self) & benevolent creativity suggesting authentic people may have higher levels of perspective-taking.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Authenticity


Thinking Skills and Creativity

X. Xu, M. Xia & W. Pang

September 21, 2023

Changes in Positive and Negative Affect during Creative Process Engagement

Creative process behaviors that are more autonomous & less constrained, such as idea generation, increase positive affect & may repair a negative mood.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Mood


The Journal of Creative Behavior

T. Montag-Smit & M. G. Keith

September 20, 2023

A creative new normal: Who can we be in 20 years?

Creative New Normal posits a shift towards focus on creative person rather than creative product, a dynamic, evolving, individualized diversity of ways to be creative for self, society & planet.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Dynamic


Journal of Creativity

Ruth Richards

September 1,. 2023

Half of U.S. Adults Use Creativity for Stress, Anxiety Release

Adults who rate their mental health as very good/excellent engage in creative activities (music, puzzles, drawing, dancing etc) more often than those reporting good/fair/poor mental health.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Wellness


Physicians Weekly

Health Day

September 18, 2023

Analogy and the Generation of Ideas

One process contributing to human creativity is the ability to generate novel representations of unfamiliar situations by completing a partially specified relation or an analogy.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Analogy


Creativity Research Journal

K. J. Holyoak, N. Ichien & H. Lu

September 17, 2023

Theorizing creative challenges: Why are social creativity and reimagined universities necessary for tackling society's problems?

Social creativity, comprising interdisciplinarity, design thinking & entrepreneurial acumen (as well as the university reimagined) are critical for more complete theorizing about creative challenges.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Social


Journal of Creativity

R. A. Edgell & D. Lee

September 15, 2023

The Effect of Downward Social Comparison on Creativity in Organizational Teams, with the Moderation of Narcissism and the Mediation of Negative Affect

Downward social comparison of creative ability, often experienced by individuals in team situations, is positively related to negative affect & negatively impacts creativity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Comparison


Behav Sci (Basel)

Y. Yang & H. Chae

September 15, 2023

Theoretical presumptions of the creative industries innovation productivity performance

The concept of creativity is closely related to the major purpose of innovation (ie problem solving. Companies more closely related to creative industries tend to have higher innovation rates.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Innovation


Creativity Studies

Krisiukėnienė, D., & Pilinkienė, V.

September 13, 2023

Machine learning revealed symbolism, emotionality, and imaginativeness as primary predictors of creativity evaluations of western art paintings

Symbolism, emotionality & imaginativeness are primary attributes influencing how creativity is judged in visual art, with abstractness, valence & complexity having impact to a lesser degree.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Evaluate



Spee, B.T.M., et al.

September 10, 2023

‘It’s not just about technology!': Creativity as a driving force for nurturing the development of skills for digital performance

Digital skills/competences are important for performance makers, but success is less dependent on the mastery of specific technical skills than on a creative use of digital technologies.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Technology


International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media

A. Webb & J. Layton

September 9, 2023

Regaining creativity in science: insights from conversation

3 challenges exist for re-establishing a creativity culture in science: communicating what science is/what it is for; what scientists value; & how scientists create/co-create science with/for society.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Values


The Royal Society

Morgan R. M., et al.

September 8, 2023

Practicing creative thinking and its relation to academic achievement

Practicing creative thinking is positively associated with academic achievement, with a significant difference in the level of practicing creative thinking due to gender, favoring male students.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Gender


Creativity Studies

Ayasrah, S., Obeidat, M., Katatbeh, Q., Aljarrah, A., & Al-Akhras, M.-A.

September 7, 2023

Creative economy and the quintuple helix innovation model: a critical factors study in the context of regional development

Creative economy, i.e. intangible/symbolic cultural aspects feeding on creative talents & producing creative goods & services, are a key engine of regional development.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Commerce


Creativity Studies

Rodrigues-Ferreira, A., Afonso, H., Mello, J. A., & Amaral, R.

August 6, 2023

Relationships between empathy and creativity in collective games: a comparison between handball and sitting ball

In collective motor situations (i.e. sport), creativity & empathy are central to cognitive & affective processes. Empathy allows players to anticipate motor behaviors & promote decision-making.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Sport


Frontiers in Psychology

A. Oboeuf, et al.

September 5, 2023

A Thirst for Knowledge: Grounding Curiosity, Creativity, and Aesthetics in Memory and Reward Neural Systems

Curiosity facilitates creative problem-finding process in early stages of the creative process & drives exploratory meaning- making processes during the problem-solving stage.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Curiosity


Creativity Research Journal

Y. N. Kenett, S. Humphries & A. Chatterjee

September 4, 2023

The Power of Psychological Safety and Creativity in Teams

Psychological safety & intentional team connections foster creativity & innovation in remote work settings, further facilitated with virtual tools allowing teams to visually maps thoughts/ideas.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Remote


History News Network

G. Tsipursky

September 1, 2023

Comparison of the effects of indoor and outdoor exercise on creativity: an analysis of EEG alpha power

Outdoor exercise (vs indoor exercise) increases neuronal activity in brain regions related to creativity & increases subjective experiences of flow.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #OutdoorExercise


Frontiers in Psychology

T. Kimura, et al.

August 31, 2023

The influence of leader humor on employee creativity: from the perspective of employee voice

Humor is an interpersonal resource. Leader humor enhances employee incremental and radical creativity & allows them to voice their opinions.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Humor


Frontiers in Psychology

Y. Cao, et al.

August 30, 2023

How You Can Tame a Raging Fight-or-Flight Response

I have a new article posted in Psychology Today: How You Can Tame a Raging Fight-or-Flight Response - Learn to better recognize and manage a fight-or-flight cascade.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #FightorFlight


Psychology Today

Leigh W. Jerome

August 29, 2023

Adding virtual plants leads to higher cognitive performance and psychological well-being in virtual reality

Virtual plants in virtual offices has positive impacts. Users perceive spaces to have greater presence & more restorative with better performance & greater well-being, short-term memory & creativity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #VirtualSpaces


Scientific Reports

F. Mostajeran, et al.

August 28, 2023

Regaining creativity in science: insights from conversation

Innovative scientific thinking requires creating space for exploring ideas in a free-flowing setting; and, open-ended informal, cooperative dialogue for sharing radically different perspectives.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Innovation


Royal Society for Open Science

R. M. Morgan, et al.

August 27, 2023

Dreams and Personality Influence Creativity

Frequently recalling dreams increases creativity, suggesting that the exploration of weak or novel relationships during dreaming increases creativity while awake.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Dreams


Oxford Academic

M. Price, R. Chavez, J. Perrotte & C. Westerberg

August 26, 2023

Beyond Convention: The Mystery Behind Our Drive for Creativity

The subjective evaluation of ideas plays an important role in creativity, with a positive relationship between the speed of production of new ideas & participants’ level of appreciation of these ideas.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Relevance



Alizée Lopez-Persem

August 25, 2023

Tying Creative Problem-Solving to Social Justice Work in Technical and Professional Communication

‘Socially Just' creativity is the ability to generate unique & effective ideas in conjunction with other members of a community to challenge unjust status quos & tackle wicked social justice problems.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #SocialJustice


Technical Communication Quarterly

Krista Speicher Sarraf

August 24, 2023

Pain through the perspective of art and creativity: insights from the Unmasking Pain project

Viewing pain through the lens of art and creativity offers a more encompassing understanding of pain. Art has the potential to improve clinical encounters & promote health/well-being.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Pain


Frontiers in Pain Research

M. I. Johnson et al.

August 23, 2023

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Synthesizing Creativity, Contagious Motivation, and Unique Projects Into the Course Experience

When students experience opportunities for creative divergent thinking, they perceive higher project uniqueness, higher levels of motivation, higher motivation & more positive course experiences.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #CDT


Journal of Marketing Education

A. S. Krishen, et al

August 22, 2023

Intrinsic motivation and creativity: The role of digital technology and knowledge integration ability in facilitating creativity.

Creativity is contingent upon the technological opportunity provided to employees directly and indirectly by affecting their ability to integrate knowledge.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Integration


Journal of Management Studies

A. Adeel, S. Batool & Z. Madni

August 21, 2023

Unlocking creative potential: Reappraising emotional events facilitates creativity for conventional thinkers

When low-openness individuals reappraise negative emotional events, they exhibit greater creativity in subsequent tasks, because reappraisal fosters cognitive flexibility.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Conventional


Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

L. Y. Zhu, C. W. Bauman & M. J . Young

August 19, 2023

Free Your Mind: Creative Thinking Contributes to Overcoming Conflict-Related Biases

Creativity training can influence biases, enhance ones ability to experience emotions that are not automatic, take the outgroup perspective & broaden the narrow thinking style of stereotyping.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Conflict


Brain Science

N. Fahoum, H. Pick, T. Ivancovsky & S. Shamay-Tsoory

August 18, 2022

Turning shame into creativity: The importance of exposure to creative team environments

Shame affects creativity negatively but the generation of novel & useful ideas serves to partially restore the damaged self-image of individuals experiencing shame. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Shame


Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

H. V. González-Gómez & A. W. Richter

August 17, 2023

Art and Creativity: Essential Components of Sustainability

Art enables reflective attitudes re: the environment, promotes inclusivity & social justice & provides an outlet for emotional expression. Creativity is essential to develop sustainable technologies & systems. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Sustainable


Sustainable Earth

Lukas Gutierrez

August 16. 2023

Can Eating Make Us More Creative? A Multisensory Perspective

Sensory information from all sensory modalities boosts creativity in different ways. As a rich multi-sensory experience, eating nourishes not only our bodies but also our mental well-being and creativity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Eating



Q. J. Wang, F. B, Escobar, S. L. Mathiesen & P. A. Da Mota

August 15, 2023

The Influence of Trust on Creativity: A Review

Creativity is the origination of novel ideas, solutions & visions between a person & a situation. Trust is a key precursor to performance, helping forge relationships & creative collaboration.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Trust


Frontiers in Psychology

Y. Chen, et al.

August 14, 2023

Learning to manage as learning to fail: The lessons of running

Intractable failures can leave managers feeling inadequate with low sense-of-self. Managers need not only to learn from failure but also to tolerate failure, that is, to fail well. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Failure


Management Learning

R. Warhurst & K. Black

August 12, 2023

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