Linking together body and mind: The relation between body postures and creative processes

Alessandro Antonietti, Valentina Rita Andolfi, Chiara Di Nuzzo

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Abstract

Recent evidence supported the notion that body movements and gestures can either facilitate or hinder the generation of novel and original ideas, but the role of posture has not been yet investigated. To fill this gap of knowledge we carried out two studies aimed at assessing whether open and closed body postures influence creative thinking. In the first study participants were involved in two creative tasks assuming an open or a closed posture. In the second study participants were involved in logic and creative tasks assuming the same postures; individuals’ physiological indexes were recorded through biofeedback equipment. Scores obtained in creative tasks were significantly higher for participants who performed the tasks in the open than in the closed posture. Data suggest that posture affects performance in creative tasks, facilitating the production of creative ideas when subjects embody a posture which metaphorically suggests to adopt a broad mental framework
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstract book - The 11th International Conference on “Innovation in Education 2014
Pages1-107
Number of pages107
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventThe 11th International Conference on “Innovation in Education (ICIE-2014)” - Parigi
Duration: 7 Jul 201410 Jul 2014

Conference

ConferenceThe 11th International Conference on “Innovation in Education (ICIE-2014)”
CityParigi
Period7/7/1410/7/14

Keywords

  • Body Posture
  • Creativity
  • embodied cognition

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