Creativity and Positive Affect: Is High Creativity Dependent on an Elevated Mood?

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Christopher W. Drapeau


The goal of this paper is to determine if high creativity is dependent on elevated moods. Multiple research articles were explored to determine the influences of affect, latent inhibition, and mental illness on creativity levels. While some articles demonstrated high creativity levels in elevated moods, others illustrated high creativity among those with mental illness, negative moods, and low levels of latent inhibition. Other factors that influenced creativity levels included high intelligence quotients (IQ), the personality traits of openness and extraversion, high levels of divergent thinking, hypomanic traits, and psychoticism. According to these results, high levels of creativity are not solely dependent on elevated moods and can even occur in very high levels among those suffering from certain mental illnesses (i.e. bipolar disorder).


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