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ERF

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1214

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Fast-moving products and the urge for newness require constant innovation. Creativity has become an important asset for modern workers to meet this demand. However, today’s work environments are highly technology-driven, which often hampers creative thinking. Particularly, external interruptions and internal absent-mindedness (i.e., mind wandering) can impair performance. Although research offers different links between the single constructs (i.e., creativity, mind wandering, interruptions), an integrative view is missing so far. Based on cognitive demand theory, we propose an experimental design to examine the mediating effect of mind wandering between technology-induced interruptions and their influence on creative output. With our work, we aim to open the door for a vivid discussion on regaining focus in the digital age.

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Investigating the Impact on Creativity in a Supportive Technology-Driven Environment: An Experimental Approach

Fast-moving products and the urge for newness require constant innovation. Creativity has become an important asset for modern workers to meet this demand. However, today’s work environments are highly technology-driven, which often hampers creative thinking. Particularly, external interruptions and internal absent-mindedness (i.e., mind wandering) can impair performance. Although research offers different links between the single constructs (i.e., creativity, mind wandering, interruptions), an integrative view is missing so far. Based on cognitive demand theory, we propose an experimental design to examine the mediating effect of mind wandering between technology-induced interruptions and their influence on creative output. With our work, we aim to open the door for a vivid discussion on regaining focus in the digital age.

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