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Entropic Movement Complexity Reflects Subjective Creativity Rankings of Visualized Hand Motion Trajectories




In a previous study we have shown that human motion trajectories can be characterized by translating continuous trajectories into symbol sequences with well-defined complexity measures. Here we test the hypothesis that the motion complexity individuals generate in their movements might be correlated to the degree of creativity assigned by a human observer to the visualized motion trajectories. We asked participants to generate 55 novel hand movement patterns in virtual reality, where each pattern had to be repeated 10 times in a row to ensure reproducibility. This allowed us to estimate a probability distribution over trajectories for each pattern. We assessed motion complexity not only by the previously proposed complexity measures on symbolic sequences, but we also propose two novel complexity measures that can be directly applied to the distributions over trajectories based on the frameworks of Gaussian Processes and Probabilistic Movement Primitives. In contrast to previous studies, these new methods allow computing complexities of individual motion patterns from very few sample trajectories. We compared the different complexity measures to how a group of independent jurors rank ordered the recorded motion trajectories according to their personal creativity judgment. We found three entropic complexity measures that correlate significantly with human creativity judgment and discuss differences between the measures. We also test whether these complexity measures correlate with individual creativity in divergent thinking tasks, but do not find any consistent correlation. Our results suggest that entropic complexity measures of hand motion may reveal domain-specific individual differences in kinesthetic creativity.

Author(s): Peng, Z and Braun, DA
Journal: Frontiers in Psychology
Volume: 6
Number (issue): 1879
Pages: 1-13
Year: 2015
Month: December

Department(s): Empirical Inference
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01879


  title = {Entropic Movement Complexity Reflects Subjective Creativity Rankings of Visualized Hand Motion Trajectories},
  author = {Peng, Z and Braun, DA},
  journal = {Frontiers in Psychology},
  volume = {6},
  number = {1879},
  pages = {1-13},
  month = dec,
  year = {2015},
  month_numeric = {12}