Improving creativity performance by short-term meditation


Background: One form of meditation intervention, the integrative body-mind training (IBMT) has been shown to improve attention, reduce stress and change self-reports of mood. In this paper we examine whether short-term IBMT can improve performance related to creativity and determine the role that mood may play in such improvement.Methods: Forty Chinese undergraduates were randomly assigned to short-term IBMT group or a relaxation training (RT) control group. Mood and creativity performance were assessed by the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) and Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) questionnaire respectively.Results: As predicted, the results indicated that short-term (30 min per day for 7 days) IBMT improved creativity performance on the divergent thinking task, and yielded better emotional regulation than RT. In addition, cross-lagged analysis indicated that both positive and negative affect may influence creativity in IBMT group (not RT group).Conclusions: Our results suggested that emotion-related creativity-promoting mechanism may be attributed to short-term meditation. © 2014 Ding et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.




Creativity, Cross-lagged analysis, Emotion, Integrative body-mind training, Negative affect, Positive affect, Short-term meditation


Ding, X., Tang, Y.-Y., Tang, R., & Posner, M.I.. 2014. Improving creativity performance by short-term meditation. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 10(1).