Improving creativity performance by short-term meditation

Behav Brain Funct. 2014 Mar 19:10:9. doi: 10.1186/1744-9081-10-9.


Background: One form of meditation intervention, the integrative body-mind training (IBMT) has been shown to improve attention, reduce stress and change self-reports of mood. In this paper we examine whether short-term IBMT can improve performance related to creativity and determine the role that mood may play in such improvement.

Methods: Forty Chinese undergraduates were randomly assigned to short-term IBMT group or a relaxation training (RT) control group. Mood and creativity performance were assessed by the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) and Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) questionnaire respectively.

Results: As predicted, the results indicated that short-term (30 min per day for 7 days) IBMT improved creativity performance on the divergent thinking task, and yielded better emotional regulation than RT. In addition, cross-lagged analysis indicated that both positive and negative affect may influence creativity in IBMT group (not RT group).

Conclusions: Our results suggested that emotion-related creativity-promoting mechanism may be attributed to short-term meditation.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Attention*
  • Creativity*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meditation / psychology*
  • Relaxation / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult