"Quantifying the Personal, Creative Experience: Evaluation of Digital Creativity Support Tools Using Self-Report and Physiological Responses."
Creativity is understood intuitively, but it is not easily defined and therefore difficult to measure. This makes it even more challenging to evaluate the ability of a tool to support the creative process. When evaluating creativity support tools (CSTs), it is critical to look beyond traditional time, error, and other productivity measurements that are commonly used in human-computer interaction. Unfortunately, there are no clear measures of success to quantify in regards to CSTs. The lack of 'convenient' metrics is a real challenge to the evaluation of CSTs.
In my dissertation, I introduce several quantitative metrics and approaches for improving the evaluation of CSTs, including the Creativity Support Index (CSI), which is a psychometric tool designed specifically for evaluating the ability of a tool to support the creative process, and I also introduce the concept of 'in-the-moment-creativity' (ITMC). ITMC is considered to be the periods of intense creative work experience within a temporal, creative work process. My first approach to ITMC involves a triangulation of several temporal metrics, including self-report ratings, external judgments, and physiological measurements, such as galvanic skin response (GSR) and electroencephalography (EEG).
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