Squeezing Balls enhances Creativity

ballsEierschaukeln Bälledrücken macht kreativ. Das haben Wissenschaftler schon vor ein paar Jahren rausgefunden und nun haben sie untersucht, welche Sorte Ballkugelgelöt man da am besten hernimmt. Stellt sich raus: Weiche Bälle eignen sich am besten für „divergierendes Denken“, also total Whackness, am besten geeignet für Brainstorming und Mindmaps und solche Sachen. Harte Bälle helfen dagegen am besten bei „konvergierendes Denken“, wenn man verschiedene Lösungen und Alternativen bewerten muss.

Two studies were conducted to test whether squeezing a soft versus a hard ball facilitates different types of creativity. Squeezing a malleable ball would increase divergent creativity by catalyzing multiple or alternative ideas, whereas squeezing a hard ball would increase convergent creativity by facilitating only a single correct response. In Study 1, participants squeezed either a hard ball or a soft ball while completing the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT), a divergent creativity test. The same procedures were used in Study 2 except that the TTCT was replaced with the Remote Associates Test, a convergent creativity test. Participants who squeezed a soft ball generated more original and diverse ideas (Study 1), whereas participants who squeezed a hard ball were better at coming up with a single correct answer (Study 2).

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Papers:
Physical Activity Benefits Creativity: Squeezing a Ball for Enhancing Creativity (via Improbable Research)
Unilateral muscle contractions enhance creative thinking (PDF)