Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174009
Title: Mental imagery boosts music compositional creativity
Authors: Wong S.S.H. 
Lim S.W.H. 
Keywords: child
controlled study
creativity
human
human experiment
imagery
music
nomenclature
normal human
reliability
sound
animal
preschool child
Animals
Child
Child, Preschool
Creativity
Humans
Music
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Wong S.S.H., Lim S.W.H. (2017). Mental imagery boosts music compositional creativity. PLoS ONE 12 (3) : e0174009. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174009
Abstract: We empirically investigated the effect of mental imagery on young children's music compositional creativity. Children aged 5 to 8 years participated in two music composition sessions. In the control session, participants based their composition on a motif that they had created using a sequence of letter names. In the mental imagery session, participants were given a picture of an animal and instructed to imagine the animal's sounds and movements, before incorporating what they had imagined into their composition. Six expert judges independently rated all music compositions on creativity based on subjective criteria (consensual assessment). Reliability analyses indicated that the expert judges demonstrated a high level of agreement in their ratings. The mental imagery compositions received significantly higher creativity ratings by the expert judges than did the control compositions. These results provide evidence for the effectiveness of mental imagery in enhancing young children's music compositional creativity. © 2017 Wong, Lim. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Source Title: PLoS ONE
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/161205
ISSN: 19326203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174009
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