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Fidgeting for Creativity

Nyqvist, Rebecka LU (2016) MMK920 20151
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Abstract
Fidgeting is a common behavior, though often with negative associations. In this master thesis positive effects of fidgeting, and possible connections with creativity are investigated. By conducting both literature research and several studies, four main reasons for fidgeting were identified. Relax, when fidgeting is done to decrees stress and anxiety; Focus, when increased attention and focus is desired; Explore, to facilitate mind wandering and enhance incubation; and Active, if bored or understimulated. Based on the findings different fidgeting prototypes were explored. This was done to investigate the possibility that different objects might perform better at increasing creativity. Selecting a suitable fidget object was found to... (More)
Fidgeting is a common behavior, though often with negative associations. In this master thesis positive effects of fidgeting, and possible connections with creativity are investigated. By conducting both literature research and several studies, four main reasons for fidgeting were identified. Relax, when fidgeting is done to decrees stress and anxiety; Focus, when increased attention and focus is desired; Explore, to facilitate mind wandering and enhance incubation; and Active, if bored or understimulated. Based on the findings different fidgeting prototypes were explored. This was done to investigate the possibility that different objects might perform better at increasing creativity. Selecting a suitable fidget object was found to heavily depend on personal preference, type of activity and desirable benefits. Therefore, no unbiased method of comparing objects could be found. Instead, the final proposition is a webpage that both contains information about benefits from fidgeting, and a way to acquire fidgeting objects more suited to an office environment. The webpage also helps validate the need for fidgeting in adults and inspire to fidget for creativity. (Less)
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author
Nyqvist, Rebecka LU
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course
MMK920 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Creativity, fidgeting, stimulating creativity, cultural probe, mind wandering, increased focus.
language
English
id
8888395
date added to LUP
2016-08-15 15:09:02
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  abstract     = {Fidgeting is a common behavior, though often with negative associations. In this master thesis positive effects of fidgeting, and possible connections with creativity are investigated. By conducting both literature research and several studies, four main reasons for fidgeting were identified. Relax, when fidgeting is done to decrees stress and anxiety; Focus, when increased attention and focus is desired; Explore, to facilitate mind wandering and enhance incubation; and Active, if bored or understimulated. Based on the findings different fidgeting prototypes were explored. This was done to investigate the possibility that different objects might perform better at increasing creativity. Selecting a suitable fidget object was found to heavily depend on personal preference, type of activity and desirable benefits. Therefore, no unbiased method of comparing objects could be found. Instead, the final proposition is a webpage that both contains information about benefits from fidgeting, and a way to acquire fidgeting objects more suited to an office environment. The webpage also helps validate the need for fidgeting in adults and inspire to fidget for creativity.},
  author       = {Nyqvist, Rebecka},
  keyword      = {Creativity,fidgeting,stimulating creativity,cultural probe,mind wandering,increased focus.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Fidgeting for Creativity},
  year         = {2016},
}