Awe and Creativity (10-08-21)

Zhang and colleagues’ work confirms links between feeling awed and thinking creatively.  The team reports that “on days when participants felt more daily awe than they typically do, they reported having done more everyday creative activities. The effects of awe were independent of amusement . . . and Big Five personality. . . .   These results are the first to demonstrate a consistent link between awe and complementary measures of creativity.”

J. Zhang, R. Howell, P. Razavi, H. Shaban-Azad, W. Chai, T. Ramis, Z. Mello, C. Anderson, and D. Keltner.  “Awe is Associated with Creative Personality, Convergent Creativity, and Everyday Creativity.”  Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity, and the Arts, in press,