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date: 06 April 2020

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The role of mood during acts of creativity is addressed. A mainstream position, in which the facilitating effects of positive mood on creativity is maintained has long dominated debate on this issue. An extensive amount of research based on both laboratory and field studies is reviewed. Contrary to a one-dimensional view, in both the affect and the creativity streams of research a complex picture emerges, suggesting that both positive and negative moods may contribute to creativity under different conditions. In line with a new trend emphasizing dual routes from mood to creativity, a dual process theory grounded in a general problem-solving perspective is developed. Here, differential effects of positive and negative moods are prescribed for different core aspects of the creative act. A special role for dual or mixed moods under conditions of complex creativity is also suggested.

Keywords: mood, creativity, problem solving, cognitive styles, organizational behavior

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