A Novel Coding Scheme for Assessing Responses in Divergent Thinking: An Embodied Approach

Heath E. Matheson, Yoed N. Kenett

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Abstract

In this study, we devised a novel coding scheme for responses generated in a divergent thinking (DT) task. Based on considerations from behavioral and neurocognitive research from an embodied perspective, our scheme aims to capture dimensions of simulations of action or the body. In an exploratory investigation, we applied our novel coding scheme to analyze responses from a previously published dataset of DT responses. We show that (a) these dimensions are reliably coded by naïve raters and that (b) individual differences in creativity influences the way in which different dimensions are used over time. Overall, our results provide new hypotheses about the generation of creative response in the DT task and should serve to characterize the cognitive strategies used in creative endeavors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-425
Number of pages14
JournalPsychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cognitive strategies
  • Creativity
  • Divergent thinking
  • Embodied cognition

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