Perceptual Symbols of Creativity: Coldness Elicits Referential, Warmth Elicits Relational Creativity

50 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2013 Last revised: 4 Jan 2014

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Hans IJzerman

Université Grenoble Alpes

Angela K-y. Leung

Singapore Management University

Laysee Ong

Singapore Management University

Date Written: March 19, 2013

Abstract

Research in the cognitive and social psychological science has revealed the pervading relation between body and mind. Physical warmth leads people to perceive others as psychological closer to them and to be more generous towards others. More recently, physical warmth has also been implicated in the processing of information, specifically through perceiving relationships (via physical warmth) and the distancing from others (via coldness). In addition, social psychological work has linked social cues (such as mimicry and power cues) to creative performance. The present work integrates these two literatures, by providing an embodied model of creative performance through relational (warm = relational) and referential (cold = distant) processing. The authors predict and find that warmth cues lead to greater creativity when 1) creating drawings, 2) categorizing objects, and 3) coming up with gifts for others. In contrast, cold cues lead to greater creativity, when 1) breaking set in a metaphor recognition task, 2) coming up with new pasta names, and 3) being abstract in coming up with gifts. Effects are found across different populations and age groups. The authors report implications for theory and discuss limitations of the present work.

Keywords: Embodied Grounding, Warmth, Social Relations, Processing Styles, Creativity

Suggested Citation

IJzerman, Hans and Leung, Angela K-y. and Ong, Laysee, Perceptual Symbols of Creativity: Coldness Elicits Referential, Warmth Elicits Relational Creativity (March 19, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2235561 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2235561

Hans IJzerman (Contact Author)

Université Grenoble Alpes ( email )

Grenoble
France

Angela K-y. Leung

Singapore Management University ( email )

Li Ka Shing Library
70 Stamford Road
Singapore 178901, 178899
Singapore

Laysee Ong

Singapore Management University ( email )

Li Ka Shing Library
70 Stamford Road
Singapore 178901, 178899
Singapore

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