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Contrasting Divergent and Convergent Thinking by Electroencephalography and Eye Tracking
Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy.
Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Humans and technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7108-6356
2019 (English)In: Research into Design for a Connected World: Proceedings of ICoRD 2019 Volume 1 / [ed] Amaresh Chakrabarti, Singapore: Springer, 2019, p. 179-188Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study explores the adoption of electroencephalography and eye tracking to assess physiological differences between divergent and convergent thinking. In neuroscientific literature alpha power synchronization in the right parietal lobe has been associated to top-down inhibition of task-irrelevant cognitive processes occurring during divergent thinking, but findings in oculometric studies seem to suggest a bottom-up process operated by active visual-gating. In the present study, 14 male engineering students performed an adaptation of the Alternative Uses task under two experimental conditions. During the task brainwaves and ocular activity were collected using electroencephalography and eye tracking, but results did not reach statistical significance. Improvements in the experimental setting and analysis method to overcome similar problems are presented. Future studies should further delve into the influences on results of experimental settings and of analysis methods to increase comparability among physiological studies.

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Singapore: Springer, 2019. p. 179-188
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Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, ISSN 2190-3018, E-ISSN 2190-3026 ; 134
Keywords [en]
Creativity, Divergent thinking, Convergent thinking, Electroencephalography, EEG, Eye tracking, Alpha
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Product Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-72511DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-5974-3_16Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060290518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-72511DiVA, id: diva2:1277266
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The Seventh International Conference on Research into Design (ICoRD'19), 9-11 January, 2019, Bangalore, India
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DEPICT
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ISBN för värdpublikation: 978-981-13-5973-6, 978-981-13-5974-3

Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2023-09-05Bibliographically approved

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