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J Appl Psychol. 2002 Aug;87(4):687-97.

Understanding when bad moods foster creativity and good ones don't: the role of context and clarity of feelings.

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Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management and Department of Psychology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005-1892, USA. jgeorge@rice.edu

Abstract

Using a mood-as-input model, the authors identified conditions under which negative moods are positively related, and positive moods are negatively related, to creative performance. Among a sample of workers in an organizational unit charged with developing creative designs and manufacturing techniques, the authors hypothesized and found that negative moods were positively related to creative performance when perceived recognition and rewards for creative performance and clarity of feelings (a metamood process) were high. The authors also hypothesized and found that positive moods were negatively related to creative performance when perceived recognition and rewards for creativity and clarity of feelings were high.

PMID:
12184573
DOI:
10.1037/0021-9010.87.4.687
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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