In my personal experience, typing my thoughts when I am working through creative problems seem to help. But it's subjective and would like to have some confirmation.

Atkin in "The Phenomenological Influence of Inner Speech on Executive" shows that Thinking Out Loud can help in one problem-solving exercise. It seems that it was first noted by Newell and Simon in 1972 in their book.

(this is also confirmed anecdotally in Rubber Duck Debugging in programming, which for some works while typing)

There is a lot of literature connected to writing for learning, in school settings, so I am not sure if this works for creative problems or mostly for integrating knowledge.

There is also idea of "freewriting" by Peter Elbow which is something similar to what I mean, but it seems his research and articles that cite him focus on freewriting for writing fiction (I guess it's a bit similar).

Regarding phrasing, I saw phrases used as inner speech writing and private writing, but it doesn't seem to return a lot of results.

Sorry if I am breaking any rules here, I am not a student of psychology just a hobbyist

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Psychology.SE. You have not "broken any rules". We welcome all who are interested. I would suggest going through the tour which outlines how we work. $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Aug 15 '19 at 5:33
  • $\begingroup$ Creativity/focus and improved problem solving seem like two separate things to me. Could you focus on one? In the case of problem solving/reasoning, it is the act of externalizing thought which forces you to make things you might have only implicitely inferred before explicit. This is why explaining your research to others, or writing a paper, often opens up questions you didn't consider before. Same with debugging. This then gives you the opportunity to answer them yourselves without any further input. $\endgroup$ – Steven Jeuris Aug 16 '19 at 7:26

I believe you are asking about writing/typing as the same kind of tools, but in my own experience - I know that my brain treats typing and writing very differently. I can attest to my recall and memory being improved with writing vs. typing. Perhaps they is because I can recall the layout of the page or how I wrote the notes when brainstorming or listening in a lecture. I know that my creativity also tends to increase with writing because I often "draw" my notes / creating amost a pictograph or infographic of sorts. I can sometimes see connections this way (which I am correlating with creativity). I know you asked for research, and obviously this is my personal experience with it; but I wanted nonetheless I thought I would share.

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