publication . Article . Other literature type . 2012

Tackling creativity at its roots: Evidence for different patterns of EEG alpha activity related to convergent and divergent modes of task processing

Aljoscha C. Neubauer; Mathias Benedek; Emanuel Jauk;
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  • Published: 01 May 2012 Journal: International Journal of Psychophysiology, volume 84, issue 2, pages 219-225 (issn: 0167-8760, eissn: 1872-7697, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier
The distinction between convergent and divergent cognitive processes given by Guilford (1956) had a strong influence on the empirical research on creative thinking. Neuroscientific studies typically find higher event-related synchronization in the EEG alpha rhythm for individuals engaged in creative ideation tasks compared to intelligence-related tasks. This study examined, whether these neurophysiological effects can also be found when both cognitive processing modes (convergent vs. divergent) are assessed by means of the same task employing a simple variation of instruction. A sample of 55 participants performed the alternate uses task as well as a more basic ...
Medical Subject Headings: behavioral disciplines and activities
free text keywords: Article, EEG, Creativity, Alpha synchronization, Divergent thinking, Convergent thinking, Physiology (medical), Neuroscience(all), Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology, General Neuroscience, Trait, Word Association, Electroencephalography, medicine.diagnostic_test, medicine, Cognition, Psychology, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Cognitive psychology, Rhythm
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