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Background music stints creativity: evidence from compound remote associate tasks
School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building Engineering, Energy Systems and Sustainability Science, Environmental Science. School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.
School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
2019 (English)In: Applied Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 0888-4080, E-ISSN 1099-0720Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Summary Background music has been claimed to enhance people's creativity. In three experiments, we investigated the impact of background music on performance of Compound Remote Associate Tasks (CRATs), which are widely thought to tap creativity. Background music with foreign (unfamiliar) lyrics (Experiment 1), instrumental music without lyrics (Experiment 2), and music with familiar lyrics (Experiment 3) all significantly impaired CRAT performance in comparison with quiet background conditions. Furthermore, Experiment 3 demonstrated that background music impaired CRAT performance regardless of whether the music induced a positive mood or whether participants typically studied in the presence of music. The findings challenge the view that background music enhances creativity and are discussed in terms of an auditory distraction account (interference-by-process) and the processing disfluency account.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2019.
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Compound Remote Associate Tasks, creativity, distraction, insight, music
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30207DOI: 10.1002/acp.3532OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-30207DiVA, id: diva2:1329964
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2019/06/25
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2019-06-25 Created: 2019-06-25 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved

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