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The role of instrumental emotion regulation in the emotions-creativity link: How worries render neurotic individuals more creative
C&C '13: Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2013: 'Intersections and Interactions': 17-20 June, Sydney, Australia
  • Angela K.-Y. LEUNG, Singapore Management University
  • Letty KWAN, Nanyang Technological University
  • Shyhnan LIOU, National Cheng Kung University
  • Chi-Yue CHIU
  • Lin QIU
  • Jose C. Yong, Singapore Management University
Publication Type
Conference Proceeding Article
Version
Publisher’s Version
Publication Date
6-2013
Abstract

Based on the instrumental account of emotion regulation, the current research seeks to offer a novel perspective to the emotions-creativity debate by investigating the instrumental value of trait-consistent emotions in creativity. We hypothesize that emotions such as worry (vs. happy) are some trait-consistent experiences for neurotic individuals and experiencing these emotions can facilitate performance in a creativity task. In two studies, we found support for our hypothesis. First, individuals higher in neuroticism had a greater preference for recalling worrisome (vs. happy) events in anticipation of performing a creativity task (Study 1). Moreover, when induced to recall a worrisome (vs. happy) event, individuals higher in neuroticism had better performance in a creativity task (Study 2). These findings offer a new perspective to the controversy concerning the emotions-creativity relationship and further demonstrate the role of instrumental emotion regulation in the domain of creative performance.

Keywords
  • Instrumental emotion regulation,
  • creativity,
  • neuroticism,
  • emotions
ISBN
9781450321501
Identifier
10.1145/2466627.2466656
Publisher
ACM
City or Country
New York
Additional URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2466627.2466656
Citation Information
Angela K.-Y. LEUNG, Letty KWAN, Shyhnan LIOU, Chi-Yue CHIU, et al.. "The role of instrumental emotion regulation in the emotions-creativity link: How worries render neurotic individuals more creative" C&C '13: Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2013: 'Intersections and Interactions': 17-20 June, Sydney, Australia (2013) p. 332 - 336
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kayeeangela_leung/64/