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Creativity Loading – Please Wait! Investigating the Relationship between Interruption, Mind Wandering and Creativity

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Title:Creativity Loading – Please Wait! Investigating the Relationship between Interruption, Mind Wandering and Creativity
Authors:Baumgart, Thorben Lukas
Klesel, Michael
Oschinsky, Frederike Marie
Niehaves, Bjoern
Keywords:Creativity: Research and Practice
mind wandering
creativity
interruptions
Date Issued:07 Jan 2020
Abstract:With the advancement of information technologies, routine tasks are increasingly supported by information systems, which is why ideation and creativity is becoming more and more important. We know from many anecdotes that creative ideas emerge when our mind is wandering instead of being focused on the task at hand. Yet, most information systems that are used for work-related purposes offer only little opportunities for task-unrelated thoughts. In contrast, current literature shows that most information technology is designed to keep our attention. In order to better understand the value of mind wandering, we propose an experimental design that incorporates interruptions that vary in their length with the objective to stimulate episodes of mind wandering and thus positively impact creativity. We provide initial insights on how the experiment should designed and discuss implications for future research.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/63777
ISBN:978-0-9981331-3-3
DOI:10.24251/HICSS.2020.038
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections: Creativity: Research and Practice


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