Brain Waves and Emotional Competency: Mediating Role of Creativity

Authors

  • 1 Researcher in the Area of Neurocognitive psychology, Department of Psychology, PG DAV College, Banaras Hindu University, 2 Associate Professor & Head, Department of Psychology, PG DAV College, Banaras Hindu University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i11.11344

Keywords:

Brain waves, creativity, emotional competency

Abstract

A general opinion is coming out among researches that brain waves are associated with cognition and
emotion. Brain waves are tiny pulses of the electrical activity which are detected using sensor placed on
the scalp. Our brain waves change according to what we are doing and feelings. The present study attempts
to explore the possible role of creativity in explaining the relationship between brain waves and emotional
competency. Thirty participants (18 graduate and 12 post graduate) were assessed on measures of EEG
recording, creativity and emotional competency. Analysis revealed that alpha, beta and theta waves are
positively correlated with all dimensions of emotional competency and creativity. The findings of stepwise
multiple regression analysis revealed that alpha waves emerged as the best predictor of creative fluency,
creative flexibility and originality followed by theta waves. To examine the meditational role of creativity
in alpha – emotional competency relationship a meditational analysis was carried out. Finding revealed that
the creativity significantly mediated this relationship. In the total sample, alpha waves predicted emotional
competency in an initial regression model (beta = 0.64, p< 0.001). When creativity was added to the model,
however, alpha waves – emotional competency relationship was attenuated less and insignificant (beta =
0.27, NS). A Sobel test of significance confirmed a mediated effect (p<0.01).The results have been discussed
in the light of available empirical researches.

Author Biography

1 Researcher in the Area of Neurocognitive psychology, Department of Psychology, PG DAV College, Banaras Hindu University, 2 Associate Professor & Head, Department of Psychology, PG DAV College, Banaras Hindu University

1
Researcher in the Area of Neurocognitive psychology, Department of Psychology, PG DAV College, Banaras
Hindu University, 2
Associate Professor & Head, Department of Psychology, PG DAV College, Banaras Hindu
University

Published

2020-10-21

How to Cite

1 Researcher in the Area of Neurocognitive psychology, Department of Psychology, PG DAV College, Banaras Hindu University, 2 Associate Professor & Head, Department of Psychology, PG DAV College, Banaras Hindu University. (2020). Brain Waves and Emotional Competency: Mediating Role of Creativity. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 11(11), 33-39. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v11i11.11344

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