Page Moreau, The John R. Nevin Chair in Marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business
Page Moreau, professor and John R. Nevin Chair in Marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business, was recently featured in Inc. magazine and on the WNYC radio program “Note to Self” for her research on creativity.
Through a series of experiments using LEGO kits, Moreau and her coauthor found that people who followed clearly defined instructions performed less well on subsequent creative tasks than people who built with loose blocks.
Moreau attributes this decline in creative performance among the LEGO kit builders to the mindset prompted by the search for the single correct answer.
“The task you’re performing right now entails a certain set of cognitive processes that are going to transfer in many cases over to the next task—whether they should or shouldn't,” Moreau says.
Hear the NPR podcast on the WNYC website
Read the full article on the Inc. website.
For more about this research, read Professor Moreau’s Forward Thinking Faculty Blog post.
Read the press release here.
Read Professor Moreau’s paper “The Downstream Consequences of Problem Solving Mindsets: How Playing with Legos Influences Creativity” in the Journal of Marketing Research.