Published: 27 April 2016 at 15:07
Anglia Ruskin psychologist investigates role of sketching in the creative process
New research shows that sketching while carrying out a creative task makes the process seem easier.
The study, to be published in the May edition of the journal Consciousness and Cognition, was co-authored by Dr David Pearson of Anglia Ruskin University.
The research found that a significant benefit of sketching is its positive motivational effect by facilitating “flow”.
The psychological concept of flow describes a state of consciousness where someone is completely absorbed and energised while performing an activity.
The new study involved participants carrying out a number of drawing tasks, with some being allowed to sketch ideas before committing to a final design and others having to rely solely on mental imagery before putting their design on paper.
The psychologists discovered that flow increased by 12% for those allowed to sketch over those reliant on mental imagery.
The participants who sketched were more likely to believe there is a good fit between their creative skills and the demands of the tasks, although there was no advantage in terms of overall creative performance.
Dr Pearson, Reader in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, said: