I Smell Creativity: Exploring the Effects of Olfactory and Auditory Cues to Support Creative Writing Tasks

  • Frederica GonçalvesEmail author
  • Diogo Cabral
  • Pedro Campos
  • Johannes Schöning
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10514)


Humans perceive different objects, scenes or places using all their senses. Our sensory richness also plays an important role for creative activities. Humans also recall those sensory experiences in order to spark creativity, e.g. while writing a text. This paper presents a study with 100 students, divided in groups, that explores the effect of auditory and olfactory cues and their combination during a creative writing exercise. Our results provide useful insights suggesting that olfactory cues have an important role in the creative process of users and even when this type of cues are combined with auditory cues. We believe, that this type of modalities should gain more relevance on the development of creativity support tools and environments for supporting the creative writing process.


Creativity support tools Creativity Olfaction Odor Sound User studies Creative writing 



We would like to thank the students who participated in this research, as well as the teachers and the institutional support from Escola da APEL. This work was partially funded by ARDITI - Regional Agency for the Development of Research Technology and Innovation through the M14-20 Project - 09-5369-FSE-000001- PhD Scholarship, by FCT/MCTES LARSyS (UID/EEA/50009/2013 (2015–2017)), by IDE (ProCiência), SENSE-SEAT, through the M1420-01-0247-FEDER-000001 and by ERA Chair: Grant Agreement 621413.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederica Gonçalves
    • 1
    Email author
  • Diogo Cabral
    • 1
  • Pedro Campos
    • 1
  • Johannes Schöning
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Madeira-ITI, University of MadeiraFunchalPortugal
  2. 2.Human Computer InteractionUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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