In the field of exploration and search processes there are two different search environments, which are distinct from each other by the resources distribution in each of them. In a clumpy search environment, the resources are organized in clusters, whereas in a diffused search environment the resources are scattered through the search environment. Also, in the field of creativity there is a distinction between two types of creative thinking. The first type of thinking is divergent thinking, in which individuals generate as many ideas and possible solutions as they can. The second way of thinking is convergent thinking and it refers to a more focused thinking process, which converges towards one correct solution. In the current thesis proposal, we suggest to integrate these lines of research. We aim to use spatial tasks – clumpy and diffused, and test for their effect on individuals’ exploration of the space. We further examine whether the search behavior serves as a priming effect that further influences different measurements of creativity.
Exploration, Spatial Tasks and Creativity: The Effect of Different Search Environments on Creativity