Flow into Learning
Organized by: Gary Gute
The Creative Life Research Center conducts research and designs programs that enhance personal and professional flourishing.
Our research focuses on understanding optimal experience, or flow, the state of total engagement during which a person manages challenge and skill to create opportunities for growth, as a prerequisite for creativity. Flow experiences help people live more meaningful lives and make positive, creative contributions to the culture. Flow drives growth, creativity, and excellence!
To date, our practical, faculty-student interdisciplinary research has focused on the following areas:
• The role of flow in improving student learning in higher education
• The role of flow in confronting academic disengagement in higher education
• The role of flow in building adolescent resilience
• Undergraduates’ evolving understanding of “creativity” in an online learning environment
• The early family lives of highly creative persons
• Psychological complexity in highly creative persons
• Complexity as a catalyst for flow and creativity
For funding, we rely entirely upon the kind and generous support of those of you who believe in the power of creativity to build lives of meaning and improve the world.
Thank you! Please visit us at uni.edu/clrc.
"The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult/worthwhile . . . Optimal experience is something that we make happen."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990)
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
"The reason creativity is so fascinating is that when we are engaged in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life . . . but creativity also leaves an outcome that adds to the richness and complexity of the future."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1996)
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention