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Being Nice to Yourself Increases Creativity | The Creativity Post

Being Nice to Yourself Increases Creativity | The Creativity Post | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Treat yourself as you would treat a friend and become more creative.

 

When you write, draw, play a musical instrument, or brainstorm, are you as accepting of your creations or ideas as you would be of a friend's? Most of us are not. We criticize ourselves ... what if, just if, we tried to be as nice to ourselves as we would be to our friend. Perhaps this would remove some of the barriers and let our natural talents reveal themselves.

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To Speed Up The Creative Process, Slow Down | The Creativity Post

To Speed Up The Creative Process, Slow Down | The Creativity Post | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
What's the key to creativity and problem solving? Relax.
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Jonah Leher On The Three Types Of Creativity And How Brainstorming Doesn't Work | Fast Company

Jonah Leher On The Three Types Of Creativity And How Brainstorming Doesn't Work | Fast Company | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Interview with Jonah Lehrer, who wrote "Imagine: How Creativity Works."
"... there are probably three neurologically distinct forms of creativity. One is when you have these moments of insight that come out of the blue--when you have epiphanies in the shower. Those seem to come from the part of the brain that's involved in things like the interpretation of metaphors and the processing of jokes. Another form is really working hard at solving a problem--it's not nearly as fun as having an epiphany, but it's just as important. The last form is spontaneous improvisation--what Miles Davis did."


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Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From

Where do good ideas come from? "Chance favors the connected mind." ~Steven Johnson.

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Wake Up Brain! | Note & Point

Wake Up Brain! | Note & Point | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
In need of a little help getting your brain going? Here's a SlideRocket presentation designed by Ethos3 to help you get in the flow once again when you inevitably hit that creative wall.
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Stress Roots from Decision Making

It might be astonishing that stress makes individuals pay attention on the ways in which things could go right. Stress is generally linked with pessimistic experiences, so you tend to think; maybe I am going to pay much attention on the pessimistic outcomes.

 

But the scientists have discovered that when the individuals are put under stress, they begin giving more attention to optimistic information and discounting pessimistic information. Stress tends to aid individuals learn from optimistic feedback and keeps them away from learning anything from negative feedback.

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When Truisms Are True

When Truisms Are True | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Our research has shown that people are indeed more creative when physically thinking “outside the box.”...
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What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind?

What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind? | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Children today reach puberty earlier and adulthood later. The result: a lot of teenage weirdness. Alison Gopnik on how we might readjust adolescence.
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The Brain: The Trouble With Teens | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions | DISCOVER Magazine

The Brain: The Trouble With Teens | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions | DISCOVER Magazine | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Fast driving, drugs, and unsafe sex: The risk-loving behavior of adolescents may result from a neurological gap in the developing brain. 

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Wired for Culture: How Language Enabled “Visual Theft,” Sparked Innovation, and Helped Us Evolve

Wired for Culture: How Language Enabled “Visual Theft,” Sparked Innovation, and Helped Us Evolve | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Why remix culture and collaborative creativity are an evolutionary advantage. Language, which  co-evolved with music, is responsible for the hallmarks of humanity, from art to technology to morality. So argues evolutionary biologist Mark Pagel in Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind.

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Need to Create? Get a Constraint

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One of the many paradoxes of human creativity is that it seems to benefit from constraints. Although we imagine the imagination as requiring total freedom, the reality of the creative process is that it’s often entangled with strict conventions and formal requirements

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I Can’t Think!

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The Twitterization of our culture has revolutionized our lives, but with an unintended consequence—our overloaded brains freeze when we have to make decisions.
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Does Creativity Require Constraints? | The Creativity Post

Does Creativity Require Constraints? | The Creativity Post | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
If I asked you to draw a person from planet aardvark, would you be more creative if (a) I gave you no examples, or (b) gave you a few examples of what aardvarkians look like?

Research suggests you'd be more creative if I didn't allow your mind to roam free.

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Creativity Is More Like Expertise Than Intelligence | The Creativity Post

Creativity Is More Like Expertise Than Intelligence | The Creativity Post | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Both expertise and intelligence matter for creativity, but expertise does a much better job.

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‘Explorers’ use uncertainty and specific area of brain | Brown University News and Events

‘Explorers’ use uncertainty and specific area of brain | Brown University News and Events | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Life shrouds most choices in mystery. Some people inch toward a comfortable enough spot and stick close to that rewarding status quo. Out to dinner, they order the usual. Others consider their options systematically or randomly. But many choose to grapple with the uncertainty head on.

 

“Explorers” order the special because they aren’t sure they’ll like it. It’s a strategy of maximizing rewards by discovering whether as yet unexplored options might yield better returns. In a new study, Brown University researchers show that such explorers use a specific part of their brain to calculate the relative uncertainty of their choices, while non-explorers do not.

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Gestures provide a helping hand in problem solving

Gestures provide a helping hand in problem solving | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Talking with your hands can trigger mental images that help solve complex problems relating to spatial visualization, an important skill for both students and professionals, according to new research. (Hmmm. Does this mean Italians have the upper hand in problem-solving?)


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UAB - Traumatic brain injury impairs financial decision making skills

UAB - Traumatic brain injury impairs financial decision making skills | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

People who experience a traumatic brain injury show a marked decline in the ability to make appropriate financial decisions in the immediate aftermath and a continued impairment on complex financial skills six months later, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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BPS Research Digest: Introducing "enclothed cognition" - how what we wear affects how we think

BPS Research Digest: Introducing "enclothed cognition" - how what we wear affects how we think | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Whether donning a suit for an interview or a sexy outfit for a date, it's obvious that most of us are well aware of the power of clothing to affect how other people perceive us. But what about the power of our clothes to affect our own thoughts?

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Creativity and Intelligence: The Underlying BVSR Process | Psychology Today

Creativity and Intelligence: The Underlying BVSR Process | Psychology Today | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

A very well known theory of creative process is BVSR (Blind Variation and Selective Retention) theory of Campbell that was proposed in 1950's and is still championed by the likes of Dean Simonton.

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Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
The very act of making decisions depletes our ability to make them well. So how do we navigate a world of endless choice?

 

Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car. No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can’t make decision after decision without paying a biological price.

 

The more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain, and eventually it looks for shortcuts, usually in either of two very different ways. One shortcut is to become reckless: to act impulsively... The other shortcut is the ultimate energy saver: do nothing. Instead of agonizing over decisions, avoid any choice.

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Stress changes how people make decisions

Trying to make a big decision while you're also preparing for a scary presentation? You might want to hold off on that. Feeling stressed changes how people weigh risk and reward.
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Speaking Up Is Hard to Do: Researchers Explain Why

Speaking Up Is Hard to Do: Researchers Explain Why | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

If we think others in a group are smarter, we may become dumber, temporarily losing both our problem-solving ability and what the researchers call our 'expression of IQ'.

 

The clamming-up phenomenon seems to be more common in women and in people with higher IQs,

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Sleep-Deprived Neurons May Shut Down, Even When You’re Awake

Sleep-Deprived Neurons May Shut Down, Even When You’re Awake | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

When deprived of sleep, parts of the human brain may doze off, secretly snatching moments of slumber even as people seem to be awake. That could explain why our sleep-deprived selves are so cognitively challenged: We are, if not precisely half-asleep, partially asleep.

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