Conference Poster on Divergent Thinking

We recently presented our conference poster entitled ‘Correlation between Coherent Heart Rate Variability and Divergent Thinking’ at the Creativity and Cognition 2011 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from 2nd-6th November. ABSTRACT: In this paper, a new quantitative method is proposed for measuring the unconscious mind in the incubation stage of the creative process. The method uses Heart Rate Variability (HRV) as a measure of the emotional and mental state of the participants. The creative process is measured quantitatively by the degree of divergent thinking shown by participants during a study of idea generation. The aim of the study is to see if there is a correlation between coherent HRV and divergent thinking.

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