Shining (blue) light on creative ability

Saeed Abdullah, Mary Czerwinski, Gloria Mark, Paul Johns

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Abstract

Given the importance of creativity for both personal and societal achievements, there have been consistent efforts to stimulate creative ability. But an important environmental factor-blue (i.e., short wavelength) light - has been relatively unexplored to date. Blue light improves a number of cognitive processes (e.g., attention, working memory and sleep) known to influence our creative abilities. In this study, we investigate the effects of blue light on enhancing creativity in tasks and compare it to the effects of walking, which has been shown to stimulate creative ability. Based on data from 21 participants over 2 weeks, we found that blue light resulted in a 24:3% increase in convergent thinking ability, while walking improved divergent thinking by 18%. We discuss the implications of the findings within the context of UbiComp research. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first systematic examination of the impact of blue light on convergent and divergent thinking ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiComp 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages793-804
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344616
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 12 2016
Event2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2016 - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: Sep 12 2016Sep 16 2016

Publication series

NameUbiComp 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Other

Other2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2016
CountryGermany
CityHeidelberg
Period9/12/169/16/16

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Abdullah, S., Czerwinski, M., Mark, G., & Johns, P. (2016). Shining (blue) light on creative ability. In UbiComp 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (pp. 793-804). (UbiComp 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2971648.2971751