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Effects of Flotation REST on Creative Problem Solving and Originality
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology.
1998 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 18, 399-408Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the present study was to explore whether or not flotation REST facilitates the creative problem-solving ability and originality. Sample 1 had 40 subjects, 20 men and 20 women, whom were randomly assigned in equal numbers to either a non-REST group (armchair-sitting) or to a floating REST group. Both groups worked on a "Chain Puzzle" for 5 minutes and were then interrupted with 45 minutes sitting or floating. Then the subjects were given the task of continuing with the creative problem-solving test. Sample 2 had 54 subjects, 27 men and 27 women, whom were randomly assigned in equal numbers to either a "non-REST" (armchair-sitting), a "dry-REST" group (lying on a couch in a dark room) and a "flotation-REST" group. Then the groups had to fill in a couple of paper-and-pen tests giving scores on fluency, obvious answers, original answers, elegance and deductive thinking. The results (impaired creative solving ability and higher originality for the floating group) were interpreted as a indication of a cognitive function where the primary process still dominates over the secondary process

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1998.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-18624OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-18624DiVA: diva2:592261
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21

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