How are improvisation and divergent thinking linked?
One of the major components of divergent thinking, along with creativity, is fluency, or the ability to quickly come up with alternatives in attempting to come up with a solution to a problem. This speaks to the ability to imagine original solutions, which is, of course, absolutely essential to the ability to improvise. If a person can quickly imagine a wide range of response to a problem without much preparation, they are well-equipped psychologically to improvise. The importance of improvisation, and its connection to divergent thinking, is often pointed to as a major downfall of modern education, which, it is argued, is often more geared toward producing convergent thinkers, who tend to narrow down alternatives into a single possibility. Of course, effective improvisation depends on the decisiveness of a person as well.