How Moods Relate to Creativity

October 23, 2013

“When planning and teaching, attention is generally given to cognition while the effect of mood and emotion on cognition is ignored. But students are not emotionless thinkers and the effect can make a difference to their thought. This is particularly evident when attempting to foster creative thinking.” (Newton, Douglas. “Moods, emotions, and creative thinking: A framework for teaching”)

This is useful information for parents as well as teachers. This week, before expecting your child to learn something or solve a problem with creative or critical thinking, from “What to do/what not to do next time” to “How to wash dishes,” note the mood and emotion of the child. If there is any upset or negative emotion present, try talking it out or playing a game before conquering the task to lift the mood and maximize the learning experience

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