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Visuospatial, rather than verbal working memory capacity plays a key role in verbal and figural creativity
Lu, Runhao1,2,3; Zhang, Yanna1,2; Bao, Naili1,2; Su, Meng1,2; Zhang, Xingli1,2; Shi, Jiannong1,2
First AuthorLu, Runhao
Correspondent Emailzhangxl@psych.ac.cn (xingli zhang) ; shijn@psych.ac.cn (jiannong shi )
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Abstract

Creative idea generation engages complex cognitive functions such as working memory capacity (WMC). The relationship between creativity and WMC has remained inconsistent due to the lack of experimental evidence and the mismatching of WMC tasks and creativity measurements. Therefore, we used both measurements and experiments to explore the effects of WMC on creativity with the matching of task types considered. In Study 1, we conducted multiple measurements to explore the relationship between verbal/visuospatial WMC and verbal/figural creativity and found that participants with higher visuospatial WMC performed better in both types of creativity tasks. Furthermore, we conducted two dual task experiments in Study 2 to explore the causal effects of WMC on creativity. We found only interfering with participants' visuospatial WMC would significantly decrease their creative performances. Moreover, Study 3 ruled out the potential confounding factor of general attention resources in the visuospatial secondary tasks by using a control dual task experiment. These findings indicated that the creative thinking process is likely to rely on visuospatial processing regardless of the form of the presented information.

KeywordCreativity divergent thinking verbal working memory capacity visuospatial working memory capacity dual task paradigm
2021-04-05
DOI10.1080/13546783.2021.1911848
Source PublicationTHINKING & REASONING
ISSN1354-6783
Pages32
Subtype综述
Indexed BySCI
Funding ProjectPioneer Initiative of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Feature Institutes Program[TSS-2015-06]
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000640092100001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/38862
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorZhang, Xingli; Shi, Jiannong
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, CAS Key Lab Behav Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Nanjing Normal Univ, Sch Psychol, Nanjing, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
Corresponding Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Behavioral Science, CAS
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Lu, Runhao,Zhang, Yanna,Bao, Naili,et al. Visuospatial, rather than verbal working memory capacity plays a key role in verbal and figural creativity[J]. THINKING & REASONING,2021:32.
APA Lu, Runhao,Zhang, Yanna,Bao, Naili,Su, Meng,Zhang, Xingli,&Shi, Jiannong.(2021).Visuospatial, rather than verbal working memory capacity plays a key role in verbal and figural creativity.THINKING & REASONING,32.
MLA Lu, Runhao,et al."Visuospatial, rather than verbal working memory capacity plays a key role in verbal and figural creativity".THINKING & REASONING (2021):32.
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