Intuition and mind wandering in creative design

Unconscious processes such as intuiting, mind wandering and inner speech are anecdotally seen as major drivers of creative design. However, scientific research is at odds about whether these positively or negatively affect the quality of a designer’s work. This is not only of interest from the perspective of psychologically understanding design work, it also inhibits...

Avatar-mediated ideation

Creative identity and role often determine the constraints people impose on their own creative and innovative capabilities. How can avatars, digital representations of a person used to interact within a virtual environment, be used to manipulate the constraints of identity and role on creativity? Our studies show that the visual characteristics of an avatar can be...

Noradrenergic modulation of creativity

Effective regulation of flexible and focused attention enables people to enhance their own creativity. In this research we study the function of the locus coeruleus noradrenaline system (LC-NA) during the creative process. The LC-NA has projections into the areas in the pre-frontal cortex that are involved in the regulation of attentional selection and working memory....

Methods for ArtScience collaboration

ArtScience collaboration is often thought to benefit artistic work, but can it also aid scientific discovery or technological innovation? In this project we experimentally investigate whether, where, and how collaboration between artists and scientists enhances domains outside that of the arts. Fundamentally and practically, our studies show that the artist’s tendency problematize novelty enhance the...

Creativity in the blink of an eye

Dopamineric activity in the striatum can serve different adaptive functions, which effects on real-world creativity this study aims to uncover. Using spontaneous eye-blink rates as a proxy to measure dopaminergic activity, we studied how individual differences in positive and negative affectivity implement different dopaminergic pathways, and how baseline and task-evoked activity predict real-world creative outcomes....

Embodied emotive interaction in creative augmentation

The human body plays an important role in emotion regulation, the ability to control and modify an emerging emotional response. Emotions shape the way people engage in creative tasks. In this research I argue that the function of the human body in emotion regulation can be used in interactive technologies to augment creativity. This can...