The Eureka Factor

On his 45-minute commute to and from his college office in Philadelphia, John Kounios picks the quiet car on the regional rail. No ringing cellphones. His thoughts wander, perhaps to the future or to something that makes him happy. Once he's ...

Jul 18

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Electrical brain stimulation enhances creativity

Safe levels of electrical stimulation can enhance your capacity to think more creatively, according to a new study.

Apr 15

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"Contagious" Memories

New research using advanced computer modeling sheds light on how behaviors may become “contagious” in large groups, showing that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another via shared social connections.

Nov 17

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Don't Overthink It, Less Is More When It Comes to Creativity

Most of us have experienced writer's block at some point, sitting down to write, paint or compose only to find we can't get the creative juices flowing. Most frustrating of all, the more effort and thought we put into it, the harder it may become. ...

May 29

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Walking backwards boosts creativity

The established routines and habits of everyday life can stifle our ability to think creatively. That's according to a new study that's based on the "embodied cognition" idea that performing bodily movements in a conventional manner encourages the ...

Apr 2

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7 Rituals You Should Steal From Extremely Creative People

Having lots of creative and novel ideas over time does not come from a flash of brilliance or a single moment of inspiration. It is bred by a consistent set of rituals that serves as the bed rock for getting remarkable things done. Here are 7 ...

Feb 13

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Using Your 5 Senses To Jump-Start The Creative Process

If we use all five senses-scent, sight, sound, touch, and taste - to stimulate our minds while working, then this may spark more creativity.

Jul 2

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Literally Touching Greatness Can Increase Your Creativity

New research finds one type of "magical thinking" - the belief that ability can be transferred through touch - can actually work for some people.

Jun 18

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Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk

If you are unable to think of a catchy, creative way to present sales data or begin a newspaper column, take a walk. A brief stroll, even around your office, can significantly increase creativity, according to a handy new study.

May 6

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To be creative, it helps to cheat

FROM James Moriarty to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the idea of the evil genius has been a staple of storytelling. But is it true? Or, to put the matter less starkly, is there a connection between creativity and dishonesty in real people who are not bent ...

Feb 6

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How sleep makes your mind more creative

It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work immediately. This is unusual behaviour for me. However, it’s a tried and tested technique for ...

Dec 13

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Creativity can last well into old age, as long as creators stay open ...

Doris Lessing, the freewheeling Nobel Prize-winning writer on racism, colonialism, feminism and communism who died Sunday at age 94, was prolific for most of her life. But five years ago, she said the writing had dried up. “Don’t imagine ...

Nov 28

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Creative Blocks

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Suppressing the Brain’s “Filter” Can Improve Performance in ...

The brain’s prefrontal cortex is thought to be the seat of cognitive control, working as a kind of filter that keeps irrelevant thoughts, perceptions and memories from interfering with a task at hand. Now, researchers at the University of ...

Mar 15

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