Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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    Author Angela Barker

     

    Lewis, C., & Lovatt, P. J. (2013). Breaking away from set patterns of thinking: Improvisation and divergent thinking. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 9, 46–58. doi:10.1016/j.tsc.2013.03.001

    The researchers examined the effect of improvisational activities (the act of creating something on the spot) on divergent thinking (the ability to derive a range of solutions for a specific task or problem) with mood as a possible intervening factor. While improvisation and divergent thinking are believed to go hand in hand, Lewis and Lovatt noted the relationship between the two is rarely explored.

    The cognitive skills a person uses to carry out the daily routines that guide everyday life are reliant more on convergent rather than divergent thinking processes. Could an over-dependence on convergent thinking diminish one’s ability to explore spontaneous, creative solutions to simple as well as complex problems, or even impede “the fluency, originality, and flexibility…

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