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Want to be More Creative? Science Suggests Stop Fretting Over Mistakes

Want to be More Creative? Science Suggests Stop Fretting Over Mistakes | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

What’s going on in artists’ brains when they create?

 

A recent article in The Atlantic on MRIs pointed to a TED video by Charles Limb, a scientist who researches jazz musicians. “I’m just astounded,” he says, “How can this possibly be, how can the brain generate that much music, that much creativity, spontaneously?” It’s a good question: from jazz musicians to performance artists to live painters, artists and creative people constantly have to create in the moment. Many artists are brilliant at this. How is that possible?

 

It turns out that two things are happening: the part of your brain responsible for self-expression turns on. That makes sense. But then the part of your brain responsible for self-monitoring turns off. That means jazz musicians in the throes of improvised creation aren’t paying attention to their mistakes. As Limb explains, it was just one study, but the results make intuitive sense.

 

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TED-Ed Launches Innovative Customized Learning Web Initiative

TED-Ed Launches Innovative Customized Learning Web Initiative | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
It's been a long time since anyone's done anything truly revolutionary when it comes to online video, but leave it to the folks at TED to bu...

 

Each video featured on the site is mapped, via tagging, to traditional subjects taught in schools and comes accompanied with supplementary materials that aid a teacher or student in using or understanding the video lesson. Supplementary materials include multiple-choice questions, open-answer questions, and links to more information on the topic.

 

But the most innovative feature of the site is that educators can customize these elements using a new functionality called “flipping.” When a video is flipped, the supplementary materials can be edited and the resulting lesson is rendered on a new and private web page. The creator of the lesson can then distribute it and track an individual student’s progress as they complete the assignment.

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