The Impact of Creativity Training on Inter-Group Conflict-Related Emotions

Nardine Fahoum, Hadas Pick, Simone Shamay-Tsoory

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Negative emotions toward outgroup members are primary factors in maintaining and escalating inter-group conflicts. Building on studies showing that highly creative individuals exhibit fewer negative emotions toward outgroup members, we examined whether training creativity by means of divergent thinking tasks would reduce negative emotions toward outgroup members in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Experiment 1 examined the effectiveness of a 2-week creativity training program that entailed executing divergent thinking tasks. The results show that individuals trained to think creatively exhibited fewer negative emotions toward the outgroup compared to the control group. Experiment 2 examined the effects of a short creativity intervention and found that the intensity of negative emotions did not change immediately after carrying out divergent thinking tasks. These findings suggest that extended, but not short, creativity intervention may regulate negative emotions toward outgroup members, indicating that emotional change in the context of conflicts is possible only after repeated creativity training.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • conflict
  • creativity training
  • extended intervention
  • negative outgroup-targeted emotions
  • positive outgroup-targeted emotions
  • prejudice
  • short intervention

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science


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