Advances in Flow Research by Stefan Engeser

By Stefan Engeser

The idea that of circulate was once first defined by means of Csikszentmihalyi (1975), defined as an optimum event, he famous that artists have been fullyyt stuck up of their tasks, operating feverishly to complete them after which lose all curiosity of their paintings after finishing touch. the inducement lies within the act of creativity itself. the individual feels optimally challenged whereas completely immersed within the job. on the center of stream learn is the motivational element of this adventure. circulate motivates humans to hold out definite actions time and again, looking a problem within the act and searching to enhance their abilities and talents. during this e-book, this motivational point might be imbedded in and concerning different theories of (intrinsic) motivation and empirical paintings on circulate and function. The booklet offers a assessment of the present stream study, with a spotlight on rigorous research on method. the writer takes the time to offer methodological elements in movement examine to qualify empirical paintings. furthermore, this quantity offers neuropsychological issues and empirical correlates of circulation reports. The paintings additionally describes quite a few theoretical integrations of the several paths being taken in the box of move learn. It offers what has been realized because the starting of move learn, what's nonetheless open, and the way the project to appreciate and foster move event study should still proceed.

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Finally, we discuss the methods used to study flow. Current Topics and Concerns Thirty-five years of research has provided the time to study various topics. As presented above, intensively practiced leisure activities, daily experiences and the implications for creativity and well-being have already been examined. , Rathunde 2010). Flow itself is regarded as a positive state, and therefore, the question of well-being is implicitly part of much of the research conducted. In the majority of the references, flow is being the explained variable and does not serve as an independent variable.

Engeser and A. Schiepe-Tiska Where and how people find flow depends on the opportunities an individual has. And these opportunities at least partially depend on the cultural or sociocultural context in which an individual lives. For example, in a secular society, there may be fewer opportunities to experience it in a religious vocation but more options to find it in leisure activities. Or, in a well-educated home, learning and discussion about science may provide a means of becoming completely absorbed.

The FQ has four main strengths. , the percentage of people in specific populations that experience flow in their lives) as a single construct, and hence it allows studying differences in prevalence across genders, age groups, occupations, or cultures. , “I am less aware of myself and my problems”) and implicitly autotelic nature, feeling of control, and coherent, noncontradictory demands and feedback. In all, the quotes seem to capture the kernel of the construct, as defined by Csikszentmihalyi (1975/2000) in 1975.

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