Implications of Environmental Order (06-01-20)

Li, Liu, and Li studied the effects of being in an orderly environment on thoughts and behaviors.  They share that previous research has shown that “Environmental orderliness can affect both self-control behaviors and creative thinking.”  Their work “investigated the moderating effect of trait [inherently characteristic of a person] self-control on environmental orderliness influencing both self-control behaviors and creative thinking. . . . Participants exposed to an orderly or a disorderly room were asked to complete a breath-holding task measuring self-control. . . . low trait self-control participants were more self-controlled in the orderly environment, while the self-control of those with high trait self-control was not affected by environmental orderliness. . . . the moderating effect of trait self-control on environmental orderliness affecting creative thinking was investigated with a picture priming orderliness and the Alternative Uses Test. As expected, participants with high trait self-control in the disorderly environment had better creative thinking performance, although there was no difference in the performance of those with low trait self-control between the two environmental orderliness conditions.”

Zhengyan Li, Ning Liu, and Shouxin Li.  “Environmental Orderliness Affects Self-Control and Creative Thinking: The Moderating Effects of Trait Self-Control.”  Frontiers in Psychology, in press, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01515