Creativity Comes from Interaction

Multi-modal Analyses of Three-Creator Communication in Constructing a Lego Castle
  • Haruka ShodaEmail author
  • Koshi Nishimoto
  • Noriko Suzuki
  • Mamiko Sakata
  • Noriko Ito
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9735)


We explored how three people communicate verbally (i.e. chatting, discussion) and nonverbally (i.e. gazes, gestures) in creating a Lego(R) castle collaboratively. We also investigated how such communication behaviors can be cues for a “better” and “more creative” castle. In Experiment 1, we asked a total of 30 students (3 people \(\times \) 10 groups) to construct a castle fully in collaboration with the group members. In Experiment 2, we asked the other 27 students to assess the quality (“how good the castle is”) and creativeness (“how creative the castle is”) for the photographed castles. The verbal, gestural, and gazing behaviors of the creators were analyzed quantitatively. We conducted path analyses to identify parameters determining the quality and the creativeness, showing that the degree of communication behaviors was reflected in the evaluation of the created castle. In detail, the quality was enhanced by looking at the other group members as well as by discussing the content of the castle. The creativeness was determined by the degree of chatting and representational gestures. These results suggest the communication process in multiple-agent creation: Rapport can be constructed efficiently by chatting with the other members; creators can share divergent ideas; and they can construct a creative object.


Communication Creativity Multiple-agent interaction Multi-modal analysis Lego(R) 



The contents of this study are based on the second author’s master thesis. We also thank Tomoki Yao for checking the validity of our measurements, and Haru Nitta, Kana Shirai, Yu Oshima, and the members at Sakata Lab, Doshisha University for their valuable input for this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haruka Shoda
    • 1
    Email author
  • Koshi Nishimoto
    • 2
  • Noriko Suzuki
    • 3
  • Mamiko Sakata
    • 2
  • Noriko Ito
    • 2
  1. 1.Global Innovation Research OrganizationRitsumeikan UniversityKusatsuJapan
  2. 2.Department of Culture and Information ScienceDoshisha UniversityKyotanabeJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Business AdministrationTezukayama UniversityNaraJapan

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